Urban reporting Questionnaire answers

These are the answers from the questionnaires which i gathered.

More Experienced Sport Journalist

Question 1 – Could you tell me about your journalism experiences so far?

Answer- “I am fairly new to the journalistic field having only started In The Loose 9 months ago. I had previous experience working in the marketing team for a student newspaper but this didn’t involve writing any copy. Since starting ITL I’ve had plenty of experience of writing articles as well as editing the work of others.”

Question 2 – How easy did you find it to start creating journalistic article?

Answer- “It depends quite a lot on current events. If there is a particularly pertinent or timely subject it can be quite easy as there is plenty of information and other opinion pieces out there to help me build a framework. Sometimes though it can be quite difficult, particularly when I have no specific subject to focus on and have to try and find my own topic to cover.”

Question 3 – Do you have much competition in your Journalistic field?

Answer- “The obvious competition is from major news sites such as Sky & BBC Sports although realistically we are unlikely to ever be competing with them. There are however a number of emerging rugby blogs all vying for fans attention who I would consider our direct competitors.”

Question 4 – How would you say living in urban environment has helped you with creating your articles?

Answer- “Living so close to Manchester it gives me greater access to games at Sale as well as local rugby clubs. In addition the internet speed is slightly quicker here which is always a help. The reality is though that it probably wouldn’t make a huge difference to me where I lived as long as I have a decent internet connection and my laptop as there is so much information currently available online.”

Question 5 – Have you used social media to help promote your website? If so, has it helped?

Answer- “Social media is a huge component of what we do and probably accounts for in excess of 70% of our total visits. Using sites such as Facebook & Google+ have been key in helping us establish a real fan base who are quite loyal to the ITL brand. In addition the likes of Twitter and in particular Reddit help us drive a huge amount of traffic and allow us to get our content in front of people we may not otherwise reach.”

Question 6 – What advice would you give to young aspiring journalists?

Answer- “To start doing something asap. Whether it be starting your own blog, trying to get involved in a student newspaper or something more. As cliched as it can be there is no substitute for live experience. I think running your own blog can be particularly useful as it allows you to try a number of things that you may not otherwise be able to do for a more established publisher due to editorial constraints. It is also worth using social channels to try and build up and audience who will engage with you on relevant topics.”

Question 7 – And finally, have you made any mistakes in your time as a journalist?

Answer- “To begin with I tended to focus more on quantity rather than quality. My main focus was on trying to get as many people to read my work as possible rather than having a smaller number who are genuinely interested and who will engage with what I write. I now believe it is better to have a smaller more engaged audience than a larger audience who are unlikely to return.”

Less Experienced Sport Journalist

Question 1 – Could you tell me about your journalism experiences so far?

Answer – “I have written football and Basketball articles for sport lobster. That is all really”

Question 2 – How easy did you find it to start creating journalistic articles?

Answer – “Very easy, just used main stories in sport and what i was interested which are mainly football and basketball.”

Question 3 – Do you have much competition in your Journalistic field?

Answer -“Not that i know of. Just writing casually really. I am mainly just building up experience and skills”

Question 4 – Would you say living in urban environment would help you with creating your articles?

Answer – “I think news travels! Everyone is waiting for a big story to come along. All in all i don think it matters where you as long as you have access to the internet and telly you should be fine. Nearly everything is communicated through the internet or television nowadays that in my opinion your location doesn’t really make a difference”

Question 5 – Have you used social media to help promote your work? If so, has it helped?

Answer – “Yes!, i have my sport lobster account and twitter which are synced together. I think most sport journalists should have a presence on social media as it is where to be right now. Social media is ever expanding and will help your progress as a journalist”

Question 6 – What advice would you give to young aspiring journalists?

Answer – “Keep writing, you will get noticed one day. Do it as a hobby. Start off small until work comes out of it.”

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