The Week That Was 24th November 2012

It was an extraordinary week in the football world as the first two Premier League managerial casualties of the season fell. Having failed to play Fernando Torres in the 3-0 defeat at Juventus, Roberto Di Matteo was promptly dismissed and replaced within 24 hours by Rafa Benitez on an interim basis. Thursday saw the news … Continue reading

Athletics – the heartbeat of the Olympics

Whilst the Olympics incorporates 26 sports, ranging from Archery to Volleyball, there’s one that stands out above all others. Athletics. And so, having been to 15 sessions, numbers 16 and 17 would be rather extra special with tickets to both the morning and evening session of Day 10 of the London Olympic games. Watching the … Continue reading

A view from The Mall

I’m not a Royalist particularly, but there was something brilliant about being on The Mall today. It was a sea of celebration and a British atmosphere that I haven’t experienced before. The only animosity I could even begin to notice came from supporters of the couple trying to ensure none of their pavement was taken. … Continue reading

Writing the news for radio

Today we were tasked with attempting to record a two minute news bulletin for a London student audience. It was interesting to start thinking about what stories would be of enough interest and then in what order the stories should go. This was the result!    

Following a football club home, away and in court.

On Wednesday my course pretended to be a radio station and obviously my sporting interest had been noticed – I’d been allocated sports reporter. BBC Five Live take note – landyjosh@gmail.com if you need me. My mate Dan Kilpatrick (check out his blog) had nabbed the local option of heading to Wembley as the afternoon … Continue reading

Paying for quality news – a sign of The Times.

The Times revealed today that they have “close to 200,000 digital users” since they introduced a paywall for access to their websites last July. They promised investment for their high quality journalism in a bid to avoid what editor James Harding called a “suicidal form of economics – giving our journalism away for free” on … Continue reading

My day covering the spending cuts live from Westminster.

Standing outside the houses of parliament yesterday armed with an Iphone (3GS for all you picky people) and a Zoom audio recorder I can’t pretend I didn’t feel slightly out of place as CNN, numerous BBC outlets and international media gathered waiting to speak to MPs following George Osborne’s announcements in Parliament. To put this … Continue reading

An evening at Wembley Stadium (may include disappointment).

I will write a match report on the debacle from Wembley at some point tomorrow, for I can’t bear to be serious in the hours following what was one of the most flat, disappointing and totally average evenings I’ve had at football in a long time. At 7.45pm it didn’t feel the evening would transpire … Continue reading

The footballer who was a victim of terror and now abandonment.

The memories of the terrorism that marred the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament earlier this year are already starting to disappear into the history books, but for one victim in particular the wounds are as fresh as the fateful day he was shot in the back twice. This week FIFA announced Togolese Goalkeeper Kodjovi … Continue reading

Ed Miliband starts off like Chelsea – not everyone’s favourite, yet efficient, pleasant on the eye and now in need of a greater test.

If Ed Miliband’s initial speech as Labour leader at the Manchester Party Conference, had been a football match, he would have come off the pitch a winner to polite applause from the home crowd, yet this was no 5-0 victory – harder fixtures lie ahead. The soundbytes arising from Ed Miliband’s first speech as Labour … Continue reading