Young journalists’ networking meetings continue

CHRISTIAN RADNEDGE reports on the first of an initiative, supported by the SJA

There was plenty of enthusiasm and excitement for the future of sports journalism at the inaugural young sports journalists’ social meeting staged this week.

Notepad generic 2The event, held in a Covent Garden bar, appealed to a wide range of young journalists, some of them students still at university and some who were in their first few years of working in the industry.

What was refreshing was that in this day and age when competition is ever greater, while jobs are fewer and fewer, there was a real thirst for a collective and collaborative approach to the future of sports journalism.

In setting up the event, I had sought to create a networking experience that would be relaxed and informal but also that could also be a valuable sharing experience with people of similar interests at an early part of their career.

Innovations to sports journalism were discussed with many recognising that considering the changes that have happened in the industry over the past 10 years, the next decade is sure to see the landscape evolve even more.

Around a dozen attended in the end while many had registered their interest in the weeks leading up to the event but expressed their apologies that they were unable to come on that date.

Hopefully those who missed out will be able to come to the next event, which will also be staged in London, on May 26 from 6pm. The venue will be confirmed closer to the event.


Wed May 13: SJA York Races Day, sponsored by Ladbrokes, at the Dante Festival. Click here to book your places

Tue May 26: Young sports journalists social event

Tue July 14: Young sports journalists social event

Mon Sep 14: SJA Autumn Golf Day, Muswell Hill Golf Club