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Matchday coverage is a central part of sports journalism, with evolving digital technologies such as live text commentary and social media transforming the ways in which live sports events are covered. Students will learn how to plan and deliver compelling live event coverage across a range of delivery platforms – digital, broadcast and print – and for a variety of markets.
Students will be taught in seminars and workshops in the newsroom and on location at sports events and venues. Sessions will begin with instruction in a particular aspect of live sports coverage, leading onto practical activities. The breadth of live event coverage will be explored, from pre-match broadcast interviews and live commentary to ‘on the whistle’ written reports and post-match interviews and analysis. As well as teaching traditional matchday reporting techniques for broadcast and print media, this module will explore the ways in which digital media are reshaping the way in which events are being covered, particularly in terms of increased audience interactivity. Students are expected to rehearse their taught journalistic and technical skills outside of scheduled lecture times. They will be required to set up coverage of live sports events to put their learning into practice and to produce a portfolio of their work. The university’s contacts at local professional sports clubs will be utilised to ensure students are provided with authentic scenarios in which to hone their practical and technical matchday skills.
A student passing this module should be able to:
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