Sebastian Charles

Sebastian Charles

Alumni from University of the Arts London - Sports Journalism
Lives in London, United Kingdom
over 6 months ago

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For me being a journalist means placing the audience right in the heart of the action. The journalist Andrew Marr quotes “Journalism is nine-tenths being in the right places at the right time ". To me this means being prepared, being aware and being knowledgeable. I believe that by understanding your material, by being well prepared and creative, you can recreate the action and build a relationship with your readers.

Today within our society, the wide sport sector is expanding and developing and is becoming more influential in our lives. This increase in popularity and accessibility has influenced my interest and involvement in this subject and the different aspects involved in sport. My awareness has developed -not just in the practical aspects of sport- but the way in which it is analyzed through newspapers and the media and to a certain extent the business side of it.
I have been drawn in by sport from a young age and my attraction has amplified and my taking part in sporting activity increased. For many years, I have played basketball as well as football week by week and have constructed an understanding of the sport. My knowledge of the professional game has been altered through resources and articles in newspapers and reading and developing opinions based on the writing in front of me.

Accomplishment in my interviews with current and ex-football players also encouraged me to further widen my options in my career and showed me that success can be achieved through sheer hard work and perseverance.
Towards the end of my third year at college I attended work experience at a football coaching establishment. This gave me an insight into how organizations, such as coaching, are run and maintained. I worked on administrative tasks and practical aspects of coaching where I gained valuable knowledge and experience. I therefore became further motivated to follow my passion and become involved in what I read about and watch in the media.

I have widened my knowledge of marketing and advertising through observing my superiors in the work place and the various techniques used to attract customers. Involvement with colleagues has allowed me to work in a group and communicate effectively to complete a task. I enjoy indulging in many sporting activity, mainly tennis and football and like to keep up-to-date on sporting news by observing the events taken place on television and attending on regular basis through my work for the newspaper and currently holding an AIPS Card for 2018-2019. I have recently been intrigued by the way in which sport is described and reported in newspapers and have now shown a keen interest in different techniques used in articles and accounts. Reading sporting articles has become a hobby for me and the history of sport over the years has also appealed to me, as it is something I plan on learning about in further education.

The subjects I have previously studied have given me many options in a variety of career choice. My exam results have also given me hope to pursue a career in topics that I enjoy greatly, such as media production and journalism. Although, my long-time enjoyment in sport and sporting activity has been challenging and satisfying, as I hope my future career will replicate.
In my short time as a Reporter/Correspondent at the "Match Meridian Newspaper" , I have managed to interview some of the best current and former footballers . The likes of Frank Leboeuf , Gianfranco Zola , Ryan Sessegnon , Younes Kaboul , Alou Diarra , Nedum Onouha , Darren Randolph , Brede Hangeland , Johann Gudmundsson , Wilfred Zaha , Almen Abdi , Odion Ighalo , Craig Cathcart , Allan Nyom , Nathan Ake , Pedro Obiang , Ener Valencia , Nordin Amrabat , Christian Kabasele , Daryl Janmaat , Marcelinho , Georgi Milanov , Vladimir Stojkovic , Osteris Karnezis , Junior Hoilett , Marvin Zeegeler , Tore Andre Flo , Tim Ream , Jon Obi, Molla Wague , Denis Odoi , etc.

Education

  • BA Hons

    University of the Arts London - Sports Journalism - London, United Kingdom

    September 2013 - September 2016

  • BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA MEDIA PRODUCTION

    West Thames College - London, United Kingdom

    September 2010 - September 2012

Languages

  • English
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • Bulgarian
    Native or fluent
    100%
  • Russian
    Notions
    20%
  • Serbian
    Notions
    20%
  • Macedonian
    Notions
    20%

Skills

  • F&B
  • Managment
  • Micros
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft word and excel
  • OnQ
  • Opera
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