San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
It’s never been harder to get into football journalism. Every year, thousands of students emerge from university, clutching their degree and hoping that someone notices them. How can they improve their chances? How can they make their CV stand out? And how can they avoid making the kind of mistakes that will cripple their chances immediately?
Iain Macintosh asks some of journalism’s biggest names how they broke into the industry, how they rose up the ladder, how they stayed there and what they look for in the next generation. What were their greatest successes? What were their most hideous mistakes? And what do they love and loathe about young writers?
Paul McCarthy has over 25 years of experience in journalism and broadcasting. As the Sports Editor of the News of the World, he was at the centre of some of the biggest stories in football. Now the Managing Director of media consultancy firm Macca Media and the Executive Secretary of the Football Writers’ Association, his experience and knowledge is unparalleled.
Vikki Orvice joined The Sun as a staff football writer in 1995, the first female appointment of its kind by an English tabloid. She has been a journalist for 30 years, covering World Cups and European Championships and is also the newspaper’s Athletics Correspondent. She is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable writers on the circuit and a board member of Women in Football.
Philippe Auclair is an award winning writer, author and broadcaster who studied philosophy at university, embarked on a career in pop music and fell into football journalism almost by accident. He is a correspondent for France Football, a regular writer for Blizzard, a commentator for RMC Radio in France and writes better books in his second language than most of us can write in our first.
HOST: Iain Macintosh is the editor of The Set Pieces and a correspondent for ESPNFC. He crashed out of higher education in 2000 and didn’t starting writing professionally until 2007. It shows.
When & Where
Manchester Football Writing Festival
The Manchester Football Writing Festival, in association with Waterstones Manchester Deansgate, the National Football Museum and Hotel Football is back for its' third season!
National Football Museum, Waterstones Manchester Deansgate and this year Hotel Football will play host to some of the beautiful game's most outspoken, informed and entertaining voices between 1-8 September 2016.
The Guardian Football Weekly Live takes place at the RNCM on 2 September and is set to be a festival highlight again, plus McrFWF stalwarts The Blizzard return for another round at the National Football Museum. The team behind OPTA will be revealing how data is changing football and how they have become one of social media's most distinctive voices over at Hotel Football. On the festival's final night we're delighted to host a panel from Women In Football, offering tips and insight for how to get ahead in football journalism.
Across the festival names including Henry Winter, Oliver Kay, Rory Smith, Jacqui Oatley, Caroline Barker, James Richardson and many more will be sharing insight, opinion and indulging in 8 nights of wide-ranging, intelligent, sometimes controversial and always entertaining conversation.