Jack Stewart, 21, graduated with a Sport Journalism BA(Hons) degree just this summer and was quickly snapped up by a national newspaper to report on competitive video games.
He said: “The Daily Mail advertised they were looking for an esports journalist online and, luckily, one of my course mates had just started working there and pointed it out to me –
blabbing on about esports for three years clearly paid off in the end.
“My course helped a lot and having my National Council for the Training of Journalists qualification played a big part in me getting the job. On top of that, all of the lecturers were very supportive of me writing about the topic, despite the fact that most of them had never heard of esports.
“I wrote about esports for my dissertation and gaining interviews for that opened a lot of doors. I used most of my student loan to fly to an event in Los Angeles to gain interviews which was an invaluable experience. It was a big risk though so I don't recommend that everyone should do that. What I do recommend is following your passion, no matter how stupid your favourite topic may be. That niche will make you stand out and your lecturers will give you the guidance you need.