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A Day in the Life of: a Media Volunteer

POSTED Thursday 12 July 2018

The teams, clubs, staff, students and scholars of UBSport are constantly achieving, performing and doing awesome things – and we need to shout about it! One of the people who is is in charge of sharing the good news is Bonnie, our media volunteer, and we caught up with her to find out what a typical day is like for her in this role.

As a University Sport department, it is key that we are sharing our successes – whether it be a BUCS match result, a new facility offering, an upcoming event – so that people know what we are up to. Sharing our news is instrumental to recruitment, creating a community on campus, and getting people – staff, non-sport students, the local community – engaged in sport and fitness. Therefore, each year UBSport finds a media volunteer to dedicate a few hours a week to writing up reports, going to games, helping out at events and getting involved in shouting about what we do as a Sport department. This year, Bonnie was that person, and following a year of doing just this, we wanted to find out what she thought about the role and any advice she might have for her successor.


What made you want to apply for the role?bonnie

This was a position that I applied for on a bit of a whim going into my 4th year at Birmingham. I was aware that I would have a lot more spare time on my hands having come to the end of an intense rowing training programme as well as a position on the committee, and being a person who thrives off being busy I was looking for something new to throw myself into.

Sport has always been a huge part of my life both recreationally and academically, as my chosen degree discipline was Sport and Exercise Sciences. Additionally, I have always had an interest in Sports Media and considered it a potential career avenue after University. Therefore, when I read about the Sports Media Volunteer opportunity on the Sport & Fitness website I thought it sounded right up my street. I applied and luckily enough I got the job!

What sort of things do you do as a media volunteer?

Whilst this was a demanding role, it also did not detract from my academic work and other extra-curricular activities, so have no fear that it is manageable alongside the other aspects of your life! A typical week in this role would be something like this…

Monday (about half an hour):

  • Have a look at the week’s list of fixtures (sent over by UBSport the previous week)
  • Liaise with UBSport team to decide which games to cover this week
  • At the start of each term – email sports clubs to remind them to fill out the match report Google form after their Wednesday fixture

Wednesday (2h):

  • In the afternoon, go to the home fixture decided on earlier in the week
  • Interview a coach/player at the end of the fixture
  • Take some photos

Thursday (roughly 2h):

  • Head to the UBSport offices at a time pre-arranged with the team (usually afternoon) if you want to write up the report there – if not, it’s easy to work remotely
  • Write up a few match reports with the information that you gathered either at the fixture or that has been submitted from teams via the Google form
  • Upload reports onto the website with photos
  • Write some copy for social to go out on UBSport channels

 

These are the core responsibilities of the Sports Media Volunteer role and throughout term time, these jobs would constitute a typical week. In addition, occasionally there are some exciting opportunities to get involved in other activities going on in the marketing department. Some examples from this year include a photo call with the Women’s Hockey 1st team, Great Run 10K promo material with the Birmingham Mail and working on live coverage of BUCS Nationals. There’s lots of opportunities to get some great experience outside of your typical role.

media volunteer photoshootWhat do you think you’ve gained from being a Media Volunteer?

There are so many positives to gain from taking on this role. It’s given me so much experience in the sports media sector that I otherwise wouldn’t have been able to acquire and was a no-brainer in enhancing my CV and employment prospects. It has also helped me massively to improve my written and verbal communication skills as well as helping me to keep on top of my time management each week.

Additionally, this role has been instrumental in keeping me sane throughout my Masters degree! It has been refreshing to have responsibilities that don’t require me to be sat in the library for hours on end reading papers and writing endless words of a thesis. Instead I have been able to spend time doing something that I love, being outdoors and watching sport as well as writing about topics that I have a genuine interest in.

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Not only has the role helped me to develop various skills, it has also been something that I have really enjoyed this year. Being so involved in Sport at Birmingham has been exciting and has given me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of sports that I had never come into contact with before. It has been a privilege to be able to work alongside the UBSport team and I am very grateful for all of the opportunities it has given me. I will definitely miss this role next year, but I hope that whoever takes this role on next enjoys it as much as I did!

 

 


If you’re interested in becoming the Sport Media Volunteer for 2018/19 academic year, or to get a bit of media volunteer experience for one-off events, get in touch with the UBSport Marketing team on press@sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk to find out more – or apply online for the 2018-19 role now!

 

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