Friday 16 October 2015
Alumni: Jordan Meyer
It’s been a good innings for recent graduate Jordan Meyer. He passed his sport journalism degree, got his dream job with ESPN and was offered the filming opportunity of a lifetime with a sporting legend.
Earlier this year, senior lecturer Andy Ford was approached by an industry contact who works with Kevin Pieterson’s cricket charity, the KP24 Foundation. They were looking for a professional crew to accompany their cricket coaches to the subcontinent to make a documentary of the charity’s work.
Jordan was selected to join Craig Lees, Solent Production’s cameraman and producer on the 10-day trip to Dubai, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, documenting the charity’s work and their search for cricketing talent. We caught up with Jordan to find out more about the trip.
What made you apply for this work experience?
Because I love what I do, and opportunities like this one don’t come up very often. To travel to these places and work with one of the biggest sporting names in the world is surely every sports journalists’ dream.
What exactly were you doing?
Travelling. A lot! But at the end of each long plane journey there were amazing things awaiting us. We started out in Dubai, visiting one of the cricket academies out there. From there we moved to Sri Lanka, which is where the journey really began. It was simply amazing, we visited some amazing people and it was great to see the work that the Foundation is doing for these kids, and how happy it really makes them.
After spending three days there, we moved onto Bangladesh, and it’s really tough to put into words what it was like. Everyone was so friendly, and it was amazing to see how excited they got just from seeing the charity’s logo on our shirts.
What had the biggest impact on you?
I think I’d have to say Bangladesh. It really puts things into perspective. I mean, we went to some of the children’s houses and it was unreal to see how grateful they were for having so little. We offered them our hats and shirts with the logo on and they couldn’t have been happier. They were so hospitable, invited us into their homes and offered us food and drink. It was an amazing experience.
What were your project highlights?
I can’t name a few because everything was so good. Going from country to country filming, editing and doing what I love couldn’t have made me happier. What was really great was capturing the countries’ love for cricket. In each city, down every street kids were playing cricket, on the worst fields under the worst conditions, but they were happy! It was amazing to stop off and speak to them when we could.
How do you think the experience has benefitted you?
I’m currently working at ESPN so the skills I learn here, along with skills I picked up on my travels is really helping to mould me as a journalist.
What skills learnt on the course came in handy during filming?
Everything really. Before I came to university I knew next-to-nothing about filming and editing, I wasn’t even interested in it. The lecturers were great, they really got me interested and I quickly gained a love for the multi-media side of journalism.
What will you take away from the experience?
Working with the children was an amazing and unforgettable experience and interviewing Kevin Pietersen was absolutely fantastic. The only down side is that I think it’s going to be a hard experience to beat, and it’s already happened to me!
If you would like to find out more about the charity and the work it does visitwww.kp24foundation.com
The BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree has formed a partnership with the charity foundation which will hopefully provide more opportunities for students.