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A week in the life of Media student Noah




Ready, set, go!

My regular Monday begins with a 9am gym session at the UA92 student gym. In this session, I always put on my go-to Spotify playlist and start on the treadmill. I try to achieve 12,000 steps a day and the cardio exercises in the gym can contribute to the required goal. 

My schedule as a second year Sports Journalism student at UA92 involves me going into university from 2pm-6pm for four days a week. 

Usually, the Monday sessions are there for our lecturer to outline what the week entails and answer any queries about the upcoming assessment. 

My course has no end of year exams, instead we are assessed as we go, one module at a time. The final task of this module is to produce a 500-word news story and a radio bulletin broadcast based off this week’s sport stories. 

Industry-education balance

As a Sports Journalism student, I am currently getting invaluable experience working at Altrincham Football Club. The Cheshire-based club sit in the play-off positions in the National League. 

My Tuesday evening usually consists of working at Altrincham’s fixture, most National League midweek ties are played on a Tuesday. Sometimes I attend away fixtures and arrange with my lecturer to leave slightly early so I can make it. So far on Tuesday nights, I have travelled to Rochdale, Chesterfield, and Southend with the club.

This week, I have arranged to leave University at 3pm to travel to Hartlepool where I will be on-hand to quiz Altrincham’s manager Phil Parkinson afterwards!

Behind the scenes of Sport92

Despite Wednesday being a ‘day off campus’ for UA92 students, I am typically at our Old Trafford site. I am Communications Manager for Sport92 Football, and this role is carried out better if I am at fixtures, no matter the condition. 

I will usually be doing photography or creating content for our fast-growing Instagram account. We often use our Wednesday evening to go out as a team, to the pub and then into the City Centre. 

Developing character

This week’s ‘Festival of Wellness’ in partnership with the 92 Programme (the personal development side of our learning at UA92) has really opened my eyes. 

As part of the festival, this Thursday we have sessions from Business and Accounting lecturers, Donna and Emma, about managing your finances and then we have a session from Hannah Bermudez from Salford City FC about wellbeing in a football club. 

Since its rebrand, the 92 Programme has brought more industry partners on board. I personally have found it interesting to connect what I learn on the 92 Programme back to my Sports Journalism modules. 

Passing the mic

Friday at UA92 is often our industry partner or guest speaker session. Recently the second year Sports Journalism class met Tom Fordyce. He used to be Chief Football Writer at BBC Sport and now he co-owns Crowd Podcast Network. 

Tom shared fascinating stories in conversation with one of our lecturers Phil Jones, who he worked closely with across his time at the BBC and most notably at the London 2012 Olympics. We had time for a Q&A session at the end before Tom had to rush back to his busy life!


Written by Media student, Noah Shulman-Miller.