When I began studying in September, I never imagined that I would have been covering a Premier League game within only a few weeks of enrolling on the course.
I guess that’s what being thrown in at the deep end right from the get go does for you.
When we were initially informed of our first assignment, I was quite honestly terrified. How was I, a complete rookie with no real experience whatsoever, going to be able to convince a professional sports club to let me cover a game from their press box? Immediately I thought, “Glossop North End”, my home club. Who doesn’t love a bit of North West Counties Football League?
And then I grew a pair and remembered that I’m actually serious about doing this as a profession.
Granted, a couple of the emails I sent out were long-shots, but all I needed was one reply. One letter of acceptance was good enough, and that’s what I got- from West Ham United, a well established PREMIER LEAGUE side, no less.
The trip down to the Hammers’ London Stadium, reporting on the game against Middlesbrough, was a surreal yet invaluable experience. The likes of Stuart Pearce and Matthew Etherington were sat only a few metres away from me reporting for talkSPORT, whilst I must have looked hopelessly lost in comparison to the rest of the already well established journalists.
Despite being £100 down from the weekend and extremely tired from my 18 hour day, it was, as a whole, a resounding success. It was a real eye-opener into the life of a working journalist.
As for the course as a whole, it’s been really easy to settle in. The lads are all down to earth, and I’m yet to disagree with anyone over any ridiculous statements that have been made, or opinions put forward.
On the other hand, the academic side of the course, reading endless amounts of ‘vital’ information that I don’t currently care for, is not quite as exciting. I can, however, see that it’s important, because that’s what actually makes the course a University level degree.
On the whole, though, the first month or so has been a great learning curve. I can’t wait to be able to do this day in day out as a profession, sooner rather than later.
*Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dannysenior*