Agency update: New arrivals, droning on, tipster in form, Pippa makes a tea and lots and lots of content
Here’s a look back on a busy month at Sportsbeat.
Rising stars – Sportsbeat will spend June meeting some of the UK’s top up-and-coming sports talents.
We’ve already attended six HSBC Road to Wimbledon competitions, the biggest junior tournament in British tennis, across the UK and will interview and offer media training to over 100 promising Sports Aid athletes funded by SSE Next Generation at events in Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff and London.
Tipster on form – Paul Eddison, who is in France leading our coverage of Euro 2016, correctly predicted the score of the first five matches he covered. Don’t bother following him now, his winning streak is well and truly over …
— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) June 16, 2016
New arrival – Roberto Payne has joined the multimedia team at Sportsbeat as a photo editor while Megan King has now started as our first social media editor, working on a range of accounts from Six Day Cycling to Badminton England …
Poor form – Sportsbeat’s ‘crack team’ – captained by managing director James Parsons – could only finish third in the Team Sports Aid sports quiz, hosted by Sky Sports’ presenter Alex Payne at Lord’s Cricket Ground. So much for all that knowledge … we were beaten by a team of lawyers. Shameful …
High-flying – Multimedia editor Sam Johnson now has his drone licence, so he can stop practising in the car park …
Top grads – Charlie Bennett and Ross Lawson were this year’s successful applicants to the Sportsbeat graduate reporter scheme, run in association with the UK’s leading journalism school News Associates.
They will be joining the team for the summer after graduating with their gold standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism. Congratulations to both …
Next season – a million – We worked out we filed over 800,000 words of rugby union coverage in 2015-2016 – which is more words than War and Peace. See the story here.
Story watch – Reporter Katie Falkingham spoke about all things Andy Murray with Tim Henman, as part of our work with The Jaguar Championship. Here’s some of the coverage generated in the Daily Mail.
Overheard in the newsroom – Depressingly, there are fewer and fewer in our office who know what copytakers are. Point par. Ends.
Reporter in my office: “What do you mean you used to call your copy in over the phone, that’s sooooo inefficient.” @OHnewsroom
— James Toney (@jtoneysbeat) June 3, 2016
Tweet of the month – Olympics editor Pippa Field has finally found the kettle … after four years*.
— Katie Falkingham (@KatieFalkingham) June 15, 2016
Bullseye – Reporters Frank Smith and Jack Miller joined forces with managing editor James Toney to win the 2016 office darts competition. Check out this finish below.
— Frank Smith (@FrankSmithSport) June 8, 2016
Record breaking – Sportsbeat’s coverage of the 2016 AJ Bell National Badminton League season reached record levels across all platforms. Print and online readership exceeded 44 million. Full story here.
Plain sailing – Sportsbeat was commissioned by the organisers of the Sailing World Cup in Weymouth to provide a news syndication service. Reporter Luke Baker swapped snooker for sailing and spent a week on the water.
* Pippa’s legal team have got in touch. She says it’s three years.