Media student kick-starts career in sports journalism

Barnsley College Interactive Media student Jake Cleary is fulfilling a lifelong dream having secured a place on the ‘We Are Barnsley’ radio station every Wednesday delivering the football report.

Jake, a former Netherwood ALC pupil, kick-started his radio career by training at YMCA Radio with one of Barnsley College’s Music, Media and Performance tutors, Lee Barber, who was able to pass on his many years of radio experience.

Lee said: “Jake is a motivated individual with a tremendous work ethic and a clear desire to do well. With the contacts he continues to make I have no doubt that he will one day find himself working in the journalism industry.”

In the space of a year Jake has trained with local internet station ‘Radio Barnsley’, helped develop radio show ‘The Football Report’, which broke listening records, and is now working alongside two of the biggest news outlets in Barnsley on a re-vamped version of the programme at The Barnsley Chronicle and We Are Barnsley News.

Jake will be delivering the football report each week, reviewing Barnsley FC games and interviewing players.

The budding sports journalist has always wanted to work in either radio or print and feels that his course in Interactive Media is helping him progress in the right direction.

Jake, 18 of Bole Close, Wombwell, said: “I’m doing something I feel really passionate about with the help of the skills I have gained through my course. I’m really focused on progressing my radio career further after college and plan on studying a broadcasting related degree at university.”

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Last updated: 6th January 2016

Originally posted on: 6th January 2016