I arrived at The Daily Mail Head Office, Northcliffe House, 2 Derry Street, Kensington at 11 am London where I was greeted by Nicola Foxen, Sport Desk assistant. Once up stairs I was given a tour of the building and was told that other titles including: The Independent, Metro and Mail on Sunday were also housed here.
Once taken to the desk I met a range of different people from sub-editors to freelance writers and researchers. Sports Journalist Andrew Magee handed me my first task which was to research the England Rugby rankings before the 2015 World Cup as well as look at statistics. I then researched the Capital One Cup fixtures that were taking place that week and wrote up a page on the head to heads of each team.
I later edited a number of news articles produced by freelance journalist Rob Wildman, for Shane McGavey a sub editor on the Daily Mail School’s Rugby Trophy. My final task of the day was to write up probable line-ups for the Capital One Cup fixtures, which was handed to me by freelance journalist Janine Self.
Today I started at 3pm and was met by Hannah Eades, PA to Head of Sport Lee Clayton. I would be watching a Capital One Cup fixture and editing a newspaper article produced by Rob Draper, along side Mark Taylor a newspaper photographer. The resulting article, a 2-0 win for Everton, was published the next morning with my banner headline ‘Golden Gerard’. I also created an article on Giorgio Rasulo, an MK Dons youth prodigy and structured as to who could potentially sign him and where he would fit in. I was told the article would be used at an appropriate point. Later that day I met Martha Kelner and Jeff Powell who are Athletics and Boxing correspondents respectively, as well as James Restall, Charlie Scott and Harry Slavin who are sub-editors.
I met and was told by Laura Williamson who is the Deputy Sports News Editor to report at twelve noon at Tottenham Hotspurs Enfield Training Complex. On arrival I was met by Kieran Gill one of the Mail’s Football reporters. Duties included: observing a press conference with Mr Mauricio Pochettino and his assistant Jesús Pérez. I later met a number of the first team squad including Hugo Lloris, Dele Alli, Kevin Wimmer, Moussa Dembele and Son Heung-min. When finished I retuned to the office to complete a 300 word quote lead piece from the press conference.
The full day was taken up with reading current articles and shadowing various journalists. The same day I was introduced to senior sports journalist Jim Mansell who gave me some tips and advice on structuring reports (he has been in touch a couple of times since the meeting to see how I am getting on).
Final morning. Today, I attended an editorial meeting between Mike Anstead and Tom Bellwood who are head and assistant head of the online content section. I later produced an article on FC Basel forward Breel Embolo, which again will be used when appropriate. My final task (due to the appointment of Gary Neville as Valencia’s temporary manager), was to research Valencian culture and what Neville may experience. I finally completed probable line-ups for the weekends Premier League fixtures, a task given to me by sports journalist Bob Treasure. On exit, I met with Head of Sport Lee Clayton, who wished me success for the future.