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They think it’s all over…it is now! The Journalism Class of 2016

Trainee journalists have been awarded for their reporting skills at a celebration ceremony to mark the end of their De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) degree course.

Alison Martin, deputy news editor of the Leicester Mercury, joined Gary Sherrard, Head of Communications at Leicester Tigers and Pete Wardman of BBC Radio Leicester to hand out prizes to the students, who will officially graduate in July.Tutors at the NCTJ-accredited Leicester Centre for Journalism organized the event to recognize the talent and hard work shown by single and joint honours students throughout the three-year course.

Beth Smith won the Leicester Mercury District Reporter of the Year award after impressing tutors with her ability to dig out stories from around the city.

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District Reporter Award: Beth Smith (left) with Leicester Mercury Deputy News Editor Alison Martin

She said: “I am so honoured, I really did not expect this! The course has been amazing, we have all enjoyed it so much.”

Alison – who is a former DMU graduate herself – had words of advice for the young reporters: “Journalism is all about eyes and ears, spotting stories and talking to people. It really does make such a difference if you are finding the stories – it’s such a better buzz then if writing a press release and waiting for emails. Always be on the lookout and always be thinking about the best angle, it’s the way to stand out to future employers.”

Best Arts and Ents reporter was Sam Chambers. The award was presented by tutor Andy Plaice, a regular reviewer for national magazines and websites, and who is writing a book on theatre criticism.

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Arts & Ents Award: Sam Chambers (left) with lecturer Andy Plaice

Sam said: “My passion is music and I did a feature on a local band, Casino Empire who are now Arcades. I never thought I would like theatre but I’ve found a new appreciation for drama on this course. Criticism is difficult to do properly and Andy’s been brilliant.”

Mark Charlton, Head of Public Engagement at DMU and a former night editor on the Leicester Mercury, presented the Square Mile Community Reporter Award to Tim Ince.

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Community Reporter Award: Tim Ince (left) with Mark Charlton, Head of Public Engagement at DMU

Tim got involved with Square Mile as a way of finding out stories and discovered a love of community projects. He said: “I’ve been doing mentoring work, been to India with Square Mile India and working on canal clean up.”

He added: “I’ve had some unbelievable opportunities – the Square Mile have good stuff going on all the time. Working with the Square Mile I was able to give a voice to people who might not get written about.”

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Sports Reporter Award: Ben Clarke (right) and Gary Sherrard, Head of Communications at Leicester Tigers

Ben Clarke was presented with a certificate and a signed rugby ball by Leicester Tigers Head of Communications, Gary Sherrard, after winning best sports reporter.

Ben has been working in the Tigers media team, interviewing players, working with the national press and writing match reports.

He said: “It’s been an great opportunity for us, we got to do so much and it gave us a real knowledge of what goes on in a press office where you’re dealing with national and international press every week. It’s great for the CV.”

Amina Osman won the BBC broadcast reporter prize, presented by BBC Radio Leicester’s Pete Wardman.

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Best Picture Memories: from left are DSU VP Adam Redfern, Paige Caldeira, Cherelle Cawthorne and DMU media press officer Sian Brewis

Former Journalism graduate Adam Redfern, who is now DSU Vice-President Media and Communications and Sian Brewis of DMU media office presented Paige Caldeira and Cherelle Cawthorne with prizes after they won a #DMUmemories photo competition.

DMU’s Leicester Centre for Journalism has set up Facebook and LinkedIn groups has been set up to let the students keep in touch and post up jobs and opportunities.

Foxes snatch late winner from resolute Canaries

– By Ben Clarke

A late winner from substitute Leonardo Ulloa kept the Foxes top of the pile with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City hot on their tails.

Norwich City had been tough to break down and even had chances of their own until the 88th minute when Marc Albrighton put in a low cross, which left last seasons top scorer with a simple tap in.

The league leaders Leicester City made one change from the side that lost to Arsenal two weeks ago with Daniel Amartey replacing the suspended Danny Simpson, to make his debut.


City’s first attack came with Jamie Vardy who broke to the byline inside the box before finding Shinji Okazaki whose effort was blocked and cleared by Russell Martin.

The early pressure didn’t let up when Marc Albrighton’s cut back was turned agonisingly wide by Ryan Bennett.

26 minutes in and the first bit of magic from Mahrez who turned two defenders before his shot was blocked and teed up to Albirghton, from the ever impressive N’Golo Kante, who fired over.

Albrighton went close again when his in-swinging free kick found no one but went inches wide of the far hand post.

Norwich’s best chance of the half fell to Jerome who headed Robbie Brady’s corner just wide.

Half time 0-0

Mahrez provided a great bit of trickery early in the second half, drawing a foul from Bennett 25-yards-out and Danny Drinkwater’s lay off to Vardy was saved low by John Ruddy.

Two changes for the home side came with 20 minutes to go, with Okazaki and Kante being replaced by Andy King and Jeff Schlupp, who scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

77 minutes in came the Foxes last change with Leonardo Ulloa coming on for Amartey with the blues trying to press for the winner that would keep them top.

Redmond came close to nicking a lead for the Canaries in the 83rd minute when his long range effort flew narrowly past the right hand post.

On the 88th minute Leicester finally had their break through as a cutting low cross from Albrighton who put it on a plate for Leonardo Ulloa who tapped in from close range.

There was one late scare for the league leaders when substitute Patrick Bamford, on for Jerome, fired wide after Leicester failed to clear their lines.



Leicester City Vs Norwich City 27/02/16 3 pm k.o. 

Referee: Neil Swarbrick

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Harry Lennard

Fourth official: Stuart Atwell

Attendance: 32,114 (3,332 away)

Undergraduates prepare for first live match reporting experience

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Excited students at De Montfort University have been given the opportunity to produce a live match report in Leicester’s next two home fixtures.

Undergraduates studying football journalism will be able to sit in the press box with the professionals during the Premier League fixtures as part of their course to prepare them for life after university.

With the games being attended when Leicester host Norwich on Saturday and West Brom on Tuesday, hopefully they will be treated to lots of excitement as Leicester push for the title.

Secrets for Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road stadium revealed to DMU Sports journalism students

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Journalism students at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) got an inside view of life working for the biggest rugby club in the country.

Leicester Tigers’ head of communications Gary Sherrard took the third year Journalism students on a tour of the famous Welford Road ground before taking the hot seat for a grilling as life running the club’s media office.

As the UK’s biggest club with international players and European fixtures, Gary and his two staff deal with international media, national press and regional media, as well as briefing players and advising coaches.

Leicester Centre for Journalism, part of Leicester Media School, offers unique placements for third year Journalism students with Leicester Tigers press office and Leicester City. Students submit a CV and are invited to interview before being chosen.

Two students are working at the Tigers once a week while one is working in the press team at Premier League leaders Leicester City.

John Dilley, Director of the NCTJ-accredited Leicester Centre of Journalism, said: “What the placements do is provide an experience and knowledge of the job which you just cannot teach.

“Many of our students have gone on to sports journalism or to work for the club’s press offices and we are grateful to people such as Gary, Anthony Herlihy from Leicester City and Dan Nice from Leicestershire County Cricket Club for giving up their time to speak to our students and pass on their expertise.”

Gary said: “I gave the students an insight into how the press office operates, how things have changed and the skills they will need.

“In the six years I have been at Leicester Tigers the changes in media have been absolutely enormous.

“Six years ago, you used to update the website first thing in the morning and last thing at night, now it’s a 24/7 operation. We’re not just doing match reports and media interviews, we’re doing video, corporate work and advising coaching staff and players on how they should answer and interact with media.”

Tom Malloy is one of two students working with Leicester Tigers press office. He said: “I’ve been thoroughly enjoying it. I’ve had the chance to work on match days, press conferences and be part of the team. It’s something that I definitely want to go into.”

Leicetershire County Cricket Club’s media manager is DMU alumnus Dan Nice, who studied Journalism here. He joined the club after works on the sports desk at the Leicester Mercury. He will host the students this week to talk about running a press office in a sports club – as well as working with Elton John’s press team for the superstar’s concert at the cricket ground later this year.

Foxes’ narrowly beaten in FA Cup replay

By Dan Ableson

Read a full match report of Leicester City’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay with Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday 20 January, 2016.

  • Leicester City failed to progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup after they were narrowly beaten by Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday evening
  • Goals from Son Heung-Min and Nacer Chadli either side of half-time were enough to seal the victory for the visitors
  • Youngsters Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray both played 90 minutes in their home debuts for the club
  • Foxes’ defender Richie De Laet was replaced by Danny Simpson after injuring himself in the warm up

Read a full match report of Leicester City’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay with Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday 20 January, 2016.

Leicester City narrowly missed out on progressing to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup after going down 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur at the King Power Stadium.

The Foxes made eight changes from the side that drew with Aston Villa at the weekend and failed to recover from conceding two goals either side of half-time by Son Heung-Min and Nacer Chadli.

Youngsters Ben Chilwell and Demarai Gray both impressed after notching up 90 minutes in their home debuts for the club.

The result ended a spell of three games in ten days between the two sides with City getting the better of last meeting winning 1-0 thanks to a late Robert Huth header.

In a half that provided little efforts on goal the first chance went to Swiss international Gokhan Inler whose free kick failed to beat Spurs keeper Michel Vorm after defender Chilwell was brought down outside the penalty  box.

Demarai Gray showed little nerves after making his home debut for the Foxes providing plenty of energy in both defence and attack and it was he who conjured the next opening with a fearsome effort that went just wide of goal.

But it was the visitors who scored first when a superb strike from Son in the 39th minute proved to be too powerful for keeper Kasper Schmeichel as it sailed past him at his near post.

City’s inexperienced left flank which received praise from manager Claudio Ranieri in the first tie between these two sides once again impressed giving the fans plenty to look forward to in the future.

In scenes similar to the first leg Ranieri brought on inform striker Shinji Okazaki at the interval in order to bring the sides level.

But it was Spurs who extended their lead in the 66nd minute when Son’s through ball found the unmarked Chadli who placed the ball under the on rushing Schmeichel to leave the home side a mountain to climb.

England’s youth international Gray continued to be a thorn in the opposition side forcing Vorm into a fine save with a curling effort inside the area. As was substitute Marc Albrighton whose low cross narrowly evaded Leo Ulloa after making a charging run into the area.

Albrighton nearly opened the scoring once again for the home side with a low drive in the 89th minute but it was denied by the Dutch keeper who performed well to keep a clean sheet.

And when Ulloa’s injury time header was parried away on the line it was clear that the Foxes’ were going to fall to only their second home defeat in all competitions this season.

Leicester will now be looking to get back to winning ways this weekend when Stoke City arrive at the King Power Stadium for a mouth watering clash in the Barclays Premier League.

CITY:  Schmeichel (c), Simpson(Albrighton 63), Wasilewski, Benalouane, Chilwell, Dyer(Vardy 73), King, Inler, Drinkwater(Okazaki 45mins), Gray, Ulloa

SUBS NOT USED: Morgan, Kante, Mahrez, Schwarzer

SPURS: Vorm, Walker, Dier, Wimmer, Davies, Bentaleb, Carroll, Lamela(Kane 59), Eriksen, Chadli(Onomah73), Son(Alli 82)

GOALS: Son (39) Chadli (66)

SUBS NOT USED: LLoris, Vertonghen, Trippier, Winks

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance – 30,006