The University of Derby is to become the first in the country to offer a degree course specialising in football journalism.
The university is starting the BA (Hons) course in September.
Students will have use of three radio studios, a television studio, video editing suites, Mac suites and a newsroom using the latest software.
Modules will include photojournalism and reportage, broadcast journalism, football business, marketing and PR, and sports science and coaching for reporters.
Course leader Keith Perch, a former regional newspaper editor with the Derby Telegraph, Leicester Mercury and South Wales Echo, said: “Interest in our national game is so intense that it is regularly propelled from the back to the front pages of our newspapers, has led to an explosion of specialist football websites and has seen football clubs become global brands taking control of their own narrative.
“This new degree reflects the public’s growing appetite for round-the-clock football news and comes at a time when clubs themselves are seeking well-qualified media professionals who can help them build their audiences and communicate directly with fans.”
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