Early career ‘goal’ for journalism students

Staffordshire University sports journalism students Molly Hudson and Shauna Callan have been signed up by a national newspaper to cover women’s football.

They will write for The Times during the FA Women’s Super League season, travelling to matches across the country and writing a regular feature in The Game, the paper’s weekly football supplement.

Molly will also cover the Women’s Super League Cup final, between Arsenal and Manchester City.




Shauna Callan, left, and Molly Hudson

Shauna Callan, left, and Molly Hudson

Nineteen-year-old Molly, from Peterborough, said: “It’s a really good experience for me to cover my first final in the women’s game. Doing this is the proof that I’m getting somewhere. Seeing your name in a national newspaper is something that some people might not get even 10 years into their career, so I’m lucky to have been given this opportunity.”

The pair are the only females in their year and were put forward for the job by lecturer and journalist Ian Whittell.

Shauna, also 19, from Telford, said: “It is a bit surreal – you don’t think in your second year of university that you are going to write for The Times. It’s nice for me and Molly to be involved in women’s sport. Having the extra support from Ian is great too. To get direct advice from someone working in the industry is really helpful.”

Birmingham Press Club director Peter Brookes, who is senior lecturer in sports journalism at Staffordshire University said: "This is another example of the high grade of sports journalism teaching at Staffordshire University. We pride ourselves on having an extensive network of contacts in the industry.”

He added that colleague Ian Whittell, who also works for The Times, helped Molly and Shauna to get their chance to write for a national. “It will look pretty impressive on their CVs!” added Peter.