Student journalists team up with Man Utd

Monday 11 May 2015

Students from the University of Salford have teamed up with footballing giants Manchester United to help produce content for their website.

Eight MA Journalism students have each been spending two days at the world-famous Premier League club to write stories, match previews, features and player interviews.

Their content has been published online, features in the Inside United magazine, match day programme and on social media.

They have also spent time with MUTV, United’s television channel, and attended the weekly pre-match press conference held at the club’s Carrington training ground, where United’s Dutch manager Louis van Gaal answers questions from the media, including the BBC and Sky Sports.

Two students on the International and Online Journalism MA, who did a Sports Reporting module as part of their course, were also given the unrivalled opportunity to attend a United press conference.

MA Journalism student Ben Reese, who is a Red Devils supporter, said: “It was excellent experience and it was great that they were happy to publish our work on the website.”

James Tuck, International Online Editor at United, said: “It was a pleasure to host the students and we’re delighted they got so much out of their time with us.

They were an asset to our media department, all producing high-quality work for our various platforms.”

Paul Broster, Programme Leader for MA Journalism, said: "We are delighted to be teaming up with Manchester United and I know how much our students have gained from attending interviews with first-team players, writing match previews and seeing their work published on the official website to millions of the club’s fans across the world.

United and Salford have always had close community links and this is another example of how we help students learn in the workplace.”

The University of Salford’s journalism department is based at MediaCityUK, less than a mile from United’s Old Trafford ground.

The two-day work placements were organised as part of an MA Community Project (Sport) module, run by Lecturer Martin Hamer, who joined the university last year from BBC Sport.

The module also involved the students producing a range of content for MEN Media, part of Trinity Mirror – Britain’s biggest newspaper group.

Students have produced a portfolio of journalistic work for assessment while working for titles including the Manchester Evening News.