Luke converts rugby passion into MA

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Luke Beasley has been able to combine his love of rugby with his studies, thanks to Coventry University’s new Specialist Journalism masters degree.

And his involvement with Wasps rugby club – now based in Coventry – has helped him get his first article published on the Coventry Telegraph website.

It meant he had something to say when The Telegraph put out a call for people to write about Wasps.

“I just answered an ad on Twitter from their rugby correspondent, Paul Smith, looking for bloggers who write about Wasps,” says Luke. “I’m not a blogger but I write a lot for Wasps rugby for their university page.

“I used it as an opportunity to do it as a journalist.

“I’m part of Wasps’ student ambassador programme, working with the marketing team, doing data collection with tablets, just ensuring they know what their fans want from them. It’s really helped me in terms of contacts.

“People see the players but working with Wasps has shown me there’s countless things go into a match day – getting mascots, organising half time events, going into the community and organising coaching days. That’s essentially what the article was about.”

Luke is building on the multi-media skills he developed on Coventry's BA Journalism and Media course

Luke is building on the multi-media skills he developed on Coventry’s BA Journalism and Media course

Luke graduated from Coventry with a BA in Journalism in Media and decided to stay on when he secured a scholarship for the MA.

While fellow students have chosen to follow the well-established Global Journalism and Automotive Journalism pathways on the MA course, Luke decided to become a pioneer for the university’s innovative Specialist route.

It allows students to choose their own niche area of journalism, drawing on expertise within the university.

“I do find I’m a bit of a test subject. But it’s very interesting and it’s only going to enhance my career prospects.

“I thought the undergraduate course was a brilliant way developing the core skills as a journalist. What you put in, you get out.

“But before being on the masters I thought I’d do a marketing job. Doing the MA has really pushed it on to me that I want to be a journalist.”

Luke has been a member of the university’s rugby union First XV for three years, often as a prop forward.

But playing and training have not got in the way of his studies – sadly for him. “I’m in the process of sorting out a lot of injuries,” he admits.

Read Luke’s article: 
Wasps opinion: community work paying off as team make themselves at home

Simon Pipe is a former print and BBC journalist, now a member of the Journalism teaching team at Coventry University. He also runs an experimental website, St Helena Online, about one of the world's most remote inhabited islands, at www.sthelenaonline.org On Twitter, when he has something to say, he is @simonpipe

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