My name is Jacob Potter and I am currently studying Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University in my 3rd year.
I’m originally from Reading, the team in which I support and follow at all home games and the majority of away games.
My passion for Sports Journalism started after I completed a week’s work experience at the Reading Post newspaper whilst I was studying at college. Having articles posted in the week’s copy of the newspaper was a real confidence booster in the start of my journalism career/
I then started studying Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University and I am thoroughly enjoying my time on the course as it has given me an insight into what is expected as a Sports Journalist in a work environment.
It was during my first year where I worked for The Independent newspaper for a week where I had match previews published on the site for the week’s Premier League football fixtures as well as helping out the senior sports journalists with statistics based around the articles they are producing for the newspaper.
During my second year, I have recently completed a week’s work experience at talkSPORT radio station where I had a role in contacting potential guests for the Hawksbee and Jacobs show which was live from 1pm-4pm Monday till Friday. I also was responsible for working through the “Clips of the week” by finding and editing the footage that the listeners of all the shows across talkSPORT sent in that they found amusing. This was then used on air as a segment at the end of the week.
My most recent work experience was with Sky and working within Sky Sports and Soccer AM. This was a completely different experience to anything I’ve ever experienced before with working alongside the “big names” in sports broadcasting a memorable highlight during the week.
My main role on Soccer AM was to arrange and oraganise props in preparation for the show which was live on Saturday morning. On the day I was responsible for looking after the guests on the show and getting them any food or drink they needed.
I looked after David Haye, Djibril Cisse and Maximo Park before they went on air to the show.
In my 3rd year, I worked with the Reading Chronicle for a week alongside experienced journalists and sports journalists. I had a number of articles published on the site (Which can be found at the bottom of this page!) and in local newspapers which was a real confidence booster. I thouroguhly enjoyed my time at the newspaper and would relish the opportunity to go back there in the future!
I also write part time (due to university commitments) for The Tilehurst End which is a Reading FC fan website which I have been doing for a number of years.
I have learnt a lot from all of the work experience placements I have worked on and I am looking forward to writing more articles for my own website and conducting interviews with sportsmen and sportswomen across the UK.