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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Two journalism students cover England v India Test match

Two sports journalism students from Southampton Solent University formed a formidable partnership covering the recent England v India Test match at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl.

Final-year BA (Hons) Sports Journalism students Liam Morgan and Jack Bezants (both 22) were called up by international news agencies to provide coverage of the third Test.

Liam, from Worthing, was called up for his international debut by multi-national news agency Reuters to cover the match at Hampshire’s Ageas Bowl, while Jack is spending the summer covering the whole of the five-match England v India Test series for Associated Press (AP).


Jack, from Alresford in Hampshire, is no stranger to the big events, having been sent to cover the 2012 UEFA European Championships in Russia and the Ukraine during his second year at University.

He was also part of AP’s team covering the 2012 Olympics, and throughout his course has worked as a Premier League blogger for AP’s American service – seeing his syndicated work published in big outlets such as The Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Liam – who gained a first-class honours degree this summer- was also busy during his course, working as a freelance for the Worthing Herald newspaper group during the winter months and spending his summers working as Media Officer for the Southern Cricket League.

Both have spent time in the Ageas Bowl press box during previous seasons covering county cricket as part of Solent’s work-experience initiative with Hampshire CCC.

Liam said: “Working in the press box at an event like a Test match makes you realise why you want to be a sports journalist.

“It was really hard work, but I loved every minute of it. I never finished until after 9.30pm. But that’s why you go into sports journalism, to be at the heart of the action.

“I was nervous at first, but everything I’d been taught began to kick in and I was able to cope with anything that was thrown at me.”


Jack, who emerged from his course with a 2:1, agrees: “I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in some great sporting events, but I’ve never felt out of place at any of them, because the course made me aware of what was required of me.”

The skills of both budding sports hacks was put to the test when England all-rounder Moeen Ali was spotted wearing pro-Palestinian wristbands, contrary to ICC rules about making political statements.

Liam said: “Suddenly we were competing with the guys from the national papers and international media – tracking down the right people to speak to, getting quotes and turning round the story as quickly as we could.”

Solent has a growing reputation for producing top-flight sports journalists, with graduates working at all the big sports news providers, such as Sky, BBC, ESPN, BT Sport; national newspapers such as The Times, Daily Mail and Independent; and as media officers and professionals at clubs such as Southampton FC, Brighton & Hove Albion, Portsmouth FC, and other sporting bodies.