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Doing Sports Journalism at Newcastle

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Interested in sports? Or journalism? Or both? Then you are in the right place. Newcastle boasts an awarding winning array of media from The Courier student newspaper to the Newcastle Student Radio (NSR). So here is a quick and easy guide to what we get up to and how you can get involved.

You don’t have to be studying journalism or have any past experience of writing to get involved with The Courier. Sign up at any time as a volunteer, see The Courier stand at the Freshers Fair for all various sections of the paper that you can write for, ranging from news and comment to fashion and beauty. For sheer brilliance there is no beating the sports section of course (no bias involved).

In our weekly edition, we cover the various University sides as they compete in the British University and College Sports (BUCS) leagues. You may be asked to go and report on a certain home fixture on a Wednesday afternoon. In the interest of diversity, we try and cover a broad range of sports each week, both male and female, so you’ll soon be a water polo enthusiast or an expert in the rules of fencing.

The Courier Sport also cover Inter-Mural sports, where teams from different University societies, halls or friend groups compete with one another. Look out for some of the imaginative team names, my favourites this year include Borrussia MochenFlapJack, Jesmond Tutu and Puyol Pantsdown. As well as this, each week has a feature which can be topical or completely random, but the editors will draw up a list of ideas (you can add your own too) and they’ll get you to write a small piece on that subject.

If it’s radio you’re after then there is always room at Newcastle Student Radio (NSR). If you are the type who can’t stop talking then maybe you should try your hand at a bit of presenting, or perhaps you think you are ‘down with the kids’ and know the right tune to get your fellow students’ feet tapping. For you techies, there are opportunities for you to get online with both The Courier and the NSR and show off all your wonderfully geeky skills.

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