Spireites: Chesterfield FC fans host mock press conference at Proact Stadium

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Budding journalists recently attended the first Sports Media Workshop in The HUB at Chesterfield FC’s Proact Stadium.

Run by Inspire Media Academy, in association with Chesterfield FC Community Trust, the workshop covered various modules including writing sports news stories, interviewing techniques and football commentary.

A mock press conference was also staged, featuring Spireites player and PFA chairman Ritchie Humphreys.

The workshop was devised and delivered by Nick Johnson, the club’s head of media & communications, who is a highly experienced journalist and broadcaster.

Nick said: “I was delighted with how the day went. I feel very fortunate to have made a living from writing and talking about sport and I am keen to pass on some of my knowledge and experience.

“I was impressed with the enthusiasm of all the attendees who expressed a desire to get involved in the sports media industry when they leave school.”

All those who attended rated the workshop as ‘excellent’, providing very positive feedback.

Peter Hartshorn, whose son Max attended, said: “He thoroughly enjoyed the day and learnt a lot. The day was a great balance of relevant content, interactive exercises and feedback.

“The workshop content gave an excellent grounding in some of the elements associated with modern day sports reporting and the ever changing media channels that exist.

“In a relaxed environment within great surroundings, the participants took part in some very relevant practical exercises that were truly representative of what a sports reporter would do today.

“I would strongly recommend anyone with an interest in sports media consider this workshop. They will leave the day having learnt a lot and with excellent insight into the world of sports journalism.”

Anyone interested in attending a future workshop should email nickjohnson@chesterfield-fc.co.uk.