My Sports Media degree at UTS was the reason I got the job!
Why did you choose to study postgraduate Sports Media at UTS, and what do you enjoy most about the course?
What UTS gets right with their journalism courses is the blend of theoretical journalistic training with real-life industry experience. The Sports Media course was advertised as an opportunity to learn from the likes of Peter Fray and Tracey Holmes, whilst pitching your own story ideas to the likes of Fox Sports’ Adam Peacock and Yvonne Sampson, ABC’s Helen Thomas, co-founder of The Roar, Zac Zavos, as well as many other industry professionals. It also included a full tour of the SCG and an appearance at the A-League Grand Final! What other degree can offer that?
How has your passion for sports helped you in this course?
Immensely. It’s much easier studying and researching something you’re genuinely passionate about. It’s no effort to go ‘above and beyond’, because it’s probably something you would’ve done anyways!
How do you handle the work-life-study balance?
The course is extremely flexible and classes are offered outside work hours to enable you time to work and study. The course was so fascinating and rewarding that, if anything, I felt myself being dragged more towards study than work!
Tell us a bit about your experience writing and covering NPL for Football NSW. Did studying Sports Media at UTS help you land the job?
My Sports Media degree at UTS was the reason I got the job! Another wonderful thing about the degree is that you’re in class with likeminded people, at a similar life-stage as you. It creates comradery. A fellow student recommended I apply for the job, which I did successfully. The degree has taught me how to produce work that goes beyond the monotonous dribble which often plagues the back pages of newspapers and sports journalism more broadly. My work at Football NSW is just one example of the many doors my Sports Media degree has opened for me.
You have created your own Sports Media Podcast with fellow student Adrian Matrinez. What made you decide to create the podcast, who is it aimed at, and has the course helped you with the process?
It came as an overflow of the excitement and eagerness generated by my participation in the degree. The podcast, called 'Offside Trap', is an analysis of football in Australia and the world. Adrian and I try to express an ‘Aussie flavour’ of the topics we discuss, with a focus on the A-League and domestic football. The podcast is aimed at football fans, both in Australia and overseas – we have listeners in New York!
The course was a massive help! We experimented with podcast production as part of an assignment which laid the foundation for the birth of ‘The Offside Trap’. We are still learning, but feel well equipped through the Sports Media degree to develop the podcast into the future.
What’s your career goal after graduation?
I’m tentative about listing specific goals because this degree has led me to places I couldn’t have imagined just six months ago. I’m now writing for Football NSW and working for the ABC – sitting just metres away from teacher turned colleague, Tracey Holmes. I say that with great humility because Tracey is a truly wonderful person and journalist, and the effort she puts in makes this degree extraordinarily worthwhile.
I won’t sit on the fence, though. As a former English teacher, I’m passionate about using language to discover and elucidate, not just information, but also meaning, in journalism. The proliferation and ubiquitous nature of social media has changed journalism indelibly. But I believe there is, and will always be, room for good journalism. Specifically, I’d love to work at an esteemed media organisation, such as the ABC, reporting on news or sport across multiple platforms (television, radio, print, digital) and digging deeply into the issues and stories regularly missed by the street-sweeping production of archetypal journalism.
Is there any advice you can give to future students who are looking to study Sports Media, and to enter the industry?
Don’t hesitate; sign up. The Sports Media degree is the perfect mix of theoretical study and practical experience. You meet with industry professionals almost every week and it will open doors that you might not have imagined could be there!
Here’s a few of my published works since studying Sports Media at UTS
I wrote a few articles for Digital Sports Journalism that Senior Lecturer Tracey Holmes might have a copy of. All the articles I have written for Football NSW can be found on their Facebook page and website. Here are a few examples: