The conference, organised by the University of Brighton and Sky Sports, involves high-profile industry professionals offering a hands-on insight into sports media careers such as TV presenting, reporting, commentary, PR and digital production.
The government has placed the need for greater gender diversity and equality in sport media high on its agenda and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport recently produced a report of their findings to a Women and Sport inquiry. One of these outcomes is that sports media-related courses needed to do more to encourage gender diversity.
The Women and Sports Media Day, looking for ways to encourage Years 10-12 students to pursue careers in the sports media, will begin at Westlain House 100 room at the university’s Falmer campus at 10am on the 22 March.
Simon McEnnis, Leader of Journalism and Digital Media Hub at University of Brighton, will give the opening address and this will be followed by workshops and talks.
Other names from sports media taking part are: Faye Carruthers who presents the sport on the Christian O'Connell breakfast show on Absolute Radio, and Sky Sports’ Jo Wilson, Gemma Nash (a graduate of the University of Brighton’s Sport Journalism course), Sian Parry and Sophy Coombes-Robert.