Not many soccer pundits predicted the astonishing performance of Wales in the 2016 European Championships – but Luke Beasley did, in the newspaper produced by MA Journalism students at Coventry University.
Luke picked out nine nations that were in with a chance of winning – including Wales. “Despite being picked in the bottom group of seeds, this team will be one to watch throughout the tournament,” he wrote.
They went on to reach the semi-final, putting England to shame.
Luke’s assessments of the state of play in football, rugby and cricket were part of the mix in Global Eye, the paper published as part of the MA Global Journalism and MA Specialist Journalism courses at Coventry in 2016.
The newspaper approach was a bold departure from the usual magazine format.
Charlotte Dyett wrote a front-page lead story and a full-page analysis piece on perceptions of immigration, one of the key issues in the campaign on whether the UK should remain in the European Union.
She also had a news story on Bollywood superstar Rahat Fateh Ali Khan headlining at the Coventry Mela in August 2016.
And Godwin Matthew Sule produced pieces on Bob Geldof’s upcoming headline spot at the Godiva Festival, and the Coventry Half Marathon.
“Global Eye magazine is one of the live projects that provides the MA Journalism students with opportunities to prepare for the world of work because they get to work under pressure, usually as a team.
“Compared to this academic year, the number of applicants for the academic year beginning late September has gone up by more than 50 per cent and this injects enthusiasm on the course team to enhance student experience even more through projects like this that replicate professional and industry work.”
One thing the students learned, though, is that punditry is an unpredictable area of journalism.
Luke successfully included Wales in his list of teams to watch in the European Championships, but not Portugal – who won.
As he acknowledged in his introduction, “anything is possible when it comes to knock-out football.”
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