Edward Higgs, Sports Desk
My week’s work experience with the Sports Department began in suitably hectic fashion, with both Jonny Wilkinson and Ryan Giggs announcing their retirements on the same day! That said, everyone in the office was very welcoming and patient, allowing me to sit in on the daily meeting between the chief editors, which gave an insight into the machinations of a busy newsroom. After sitting in on this meeting, I then took on the task of compiling statistics on both players’ careers.
Research was a big part of my week, as with the World Cup just around the corner, I was helping to compile a supplement with vital statistics on players from all 32 nations. This then fed into a task with Project Babb, the new social media-oriented section of the Telegraph Sport website. Discovering the World Cup’s ‘least famous player’ was one of the more quirky pieces I contributed to during the week, but it certainly showed the versatility required of a journalist!
Towards the end of the week, as I became more familiar with the workings of the office, the focus switched more towards writing, using my initiative to pitch articles. I wrote a small feature on past play-off finals which appeared in print, in addition to a lengthy online article about British players in Champions League finals. Seeing my name on the Telegraph Sport website was an indescribable feeling, the undoubted highlight of a week that reaffirmed my passion for the sports writing industry.