Published: April 9, 2021
University of Sunderland journalism students enjoyed a dream, real-world reporting experience - their own press conference with England football legend Alan Shearer.
Former England and Newcastle United captain Alan joined over 40 students on Zoom to answer questions on a range of topics.
Alan discussed his career in football, life in the media since hanging up his boots in 2006, England teams past and present, his beloved Newcastle and more.
The press conference was organised by BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course leader, Neil Farrington.
“This was an incredible experience for a group of students who are both huge football fans and hoping to launch careers in the sports media,” said Neil.
“As the Premier League’s record goalscorer, long-time captain of his country and now the BBC’s leading pundit, Alan is simply one of the biggest figures in football.
“To be given the opportunity to interview him in a press conference scenario was the stuff of dreams for our students, but also a taste of what is hopefully to come for them in the working world.”
Second-year Sports Journalism student Harry Roy said: “It was incredible to get the opportunity to put a question to someone of Alan’s stature face-to-face.
“Personally, he’s someone I have grown up admiring, so speaking with him in a professional-style setting was both challenging and hugely inspiring.”
Neil added: “Alan was extremely generous with his time, his responses to the students’ questions and his well wishes for them going forwards.
“I’d like to thank him on behalf of the University and the students who took part in an event which will live long in their memory.”
Written by BA (Hons) Sports Journalism student, James Noble