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January 2013: First Video Diary of 2013

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Just a short and sweet video diary detailing the first week of my final semester at the University of Sunderland, and looking ahead to the rest of the semester.


(Embedding’s not working at the moment, so please follow the link below to view the video!)

January 2013 Video Diary

Being Maroon 5 Episode II- Match Footage vs Plain White T’s

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

With the season drawing to a close Maroon 5 played third placed Plain White T’s at Goals Soccer Centre in Sunderland. Controversial figure, player-manager Paul Carey was sidelined due to an injury sustained on a treadmill, at the University of Sunderland’s state of the art ‘CitySpace’ gym! Instead the Welshman took the opportunity to practice his commentary skills ahead of this semester’s Sports Broadcasting module!

As you can imagine the match analysis is as witty as ever! If you think back to what Sky Sports’ Fanzone was like in it’s heyday then you’ll have a good idea as to what Paul’s ramblings were like!

I realise that I’ve been pretty heavy in my coverage of the 5aside team but we have such a laugh doing it and it really is one of the highlights of our week… When we win of course! But from now on I’ll be focusing more on what my course entails in the next few blogs, just to mix thing up a little bit!

Don’t worry though, there’ll be a few more episodes of ‘Being Maroon 5’ in the next few months so that you can all get your fix of your favourite 5aside team!

Click the link below to view the second episode in the series of ‘Being Maroon 5!’

Being Maroon 5- Episode II

Return To The Independent

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

Next month I’ll be returning to the Independent to complete another week’s work placement down in London. As part of my News Practice module from the first semester, it’s compulsory for me to undertake two weeks of work experience at a newspaper, and having completed the first week back in November, I’ll soon be going back to do my second.

The ‘News Practice’ module is core for all journalism students who choose to take the ‘news route,’ as oppose to ‘magazine’ in their third year. All of us have to do the two week work placement in order to pass the module, but you get until May to go out and complete it, even though the classes end in December.

I have to say I’m really excited about getting back down to London and spending another week at The Independent. Not only is it important for passing the module, it also looks really good on my CV to have this experience under my belt.  That said, it is probably worth pointing out that I’m by no means the only one on the course to get a good placement, my house-mate Ross is also doing a few weeks at The Independent later this year and another friend of mine, Jamie, also spent time at the Indy in 2012. Different people on the course have got placements at the Daily Mail & The Guardian among others, which I guess can only reflect well on the quality of the teaching over at St Peters’ campus. We also had a lot of guidance and classes on how to write a quality CV, and how best to approach papers with regards to work experience.

I’m certainly of the belief that every little helps when it comes to getting a job and with graduation fast approaching, I’ll be taking every opportunity that comes my way to further enhance my CV. I’ve recently been looking at graduate jobs on the internet and in all honesty it scares me to death! But come what May, when my time at the University of Sunderland comes to an end, it’ll be time to face the real world and put everything I’ve learnt in the North East to practice!

For now though, I think I’ll concentrate on enjoying my final semester on Wearside! Hopefully it’ll be one to remember…


Five Aside Fun In Sunderland

Friday, January 11th, 2013

Being back in Sunderland for the final week of semester one has been a stressful ordeal to say the least, with two assessment deadlines to contend with! But luckily we all had our return to the five a side league at Goals Soccer Centre, on Tuesday evening to break things up a bit, and provide some respite from the essay writing!

Following the success of the Maroon 5 team press conference back in November, I thought I’d provide a taster into what life is like behind the scenes with the team and our iconic player-manager Paul Carey! ‘Being Maroon 5’ provides a unique insight into the team’s pre-match preparations and also a  look into the post-match analysis from the comedic and controversial Carey! I’d like to say that some of Paul’s views in the following footage are tongue in cheek… But that would be lying! What I can say, is that his comments do not reflect my own personal opinion or that of the University of Sunderland!

This is the first episode of ‘Being Maroon 5’- I hope you all enjoy it!


Student Profile:

  • Name: Jamie Baker
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Sports Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Crewe
  • Ambitions: To become a major sports journalist, travelling the world and reporting on all the major events.

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