Aspiring student journalists invited to join SJA members for exclusive session

The Sports Journalists’ Association are inviting aspiring and student journalists from around the UK to join an exclusive panel and Q&A discussion on the future of sports media.

We know it’s a difficult time to secure speakers for journalism courses and work experience, so as part of our new-look student offering – The SJA Academy – we plan to run more these sessions in the months ahead and also open up the SJA website for aspiring sports reporters to contribute to.

This panel, which is free to join, will be held via Zoom on Thursday November 26th at 5pm. It will feature members from a variety of journalism backgrounds from broadcast to digital, agencies to newspapers.

For those currently studying journalism, your course leader should have received sign-up information. Alternatively, please email to request details.

Our panellists include:

Ashley Broadley

Sports Editor at PA Media and the new chair of the Sports Journalists’ Association. Based at the company’s northern headquarters in Howden, East Yorkshire, has overseen the coverage of many events including London Olympics in 2012. Also led the development and growth of PA Media’s digital output for sport. Joined PA Media, the UK and Ireland’s national news agency, in 1999 as a news reporter covering the Yorkshire area. Moved to London and the news desk in 2003 before taking up current role in 2007.

Faye Carruthers

One of the hosts on talkSPORT’s Saturday GameDay coverage as well as the station’s England correspondent and host of women’s football weekly. A broadcaster with two decades experience, also a regular on Sky Sports and the Guardian Football Weekly podcast and a member of Women in Football.

Leon Mann

Vice-chairman of the Sports Journalists’ Association. More than a decade of experience in sport and media and has worked with some of the world’s most respected companies including BBC and ITV. Has been international spokesperson for football’s anti-racism campaigns Kick It Out and Football Against Racism in Europe. In 2010, founded the Black Collective of Media in Sport (BCOMS).

Sachin Nakrani

Sports journalist with The Guardian for over 13 years. Splits time between writing on football and boxing and carrying out various senior editing roles, including commissioning and putting together the daily print section. Sachin works closely with the Guardian Sport’s Positive Action Scheme.

Moderated by James Toney

Managing Editor at Sportsbeat, with responsibility for agency’s major event coverage and digital content strategy for clients including Team GB, Paralympics GB, FA, Six Rugby, British Lions, The Open and Premiership Rugby. Book on sports journalism, Inside Track, was published in 2013.