Mercury links up with basketball champs to recruit journalism student

Journalism student Samuel Gill has become the first recipient of a new basketball internship, which has been launched by the Leicester Mercury in partnership  with current British champions Leicester Riders.

As part of his internship, Samuel, a first-year student at De Montfort University, will work with the Riders to learn marketing and content production techniques and with the Mercury’s sister website Leicestershire Live to learn digital publishing. In addition, he will be reporting on the Rider’s games.

“As an aspiring journalist, I see this as a perfect opportunity for me to further my experience in the industry while gaining an insight into two hugely reputable organisations in the Riders and Mercury,” said Samuel, whose coverage is set to complement match reports and coach columns which are carried by the Mercury.

Editor George Oliver said: “De Montfort University in Leicester is hugely keen to get its students effective work experience in industry. Leicester Riders are the British basketball champions and are hugely keen to reach more people through increased coverage on Leicestershire Live.”

Kevin Routledge, chairman of Leicester Riders, added: “We believe this is a great partnership, working with the Leicester Mercury and DMU, to develop a new source of digital content promoting the Riders, but also increasing the reach of the Leicester Mercury in a world where digital content is so important.”

“We believe this is an excellent way of working innovatively to address current market challenges, while providing a great opportunity for a DMU sports journalism student to develop their skills and experience.”