Sport is my life. I attend multiple sporting events every week, producing content for a range of websites, and this site has been set up to document every game and ground I go to, showcase all the work I produce and also hopefully increase awareness of what I do to lead to new opportunities in the future.
This site contains the majority of my published and unpublished work, as well as all work produced during my formative years, dating back to 2000, when I started writing match reports at the age of 12.
From then on, everything I did was geared towards a career in sports journalism, working on a wide range of projects both during work placement and on a voluntary basis to gain experience.
After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with an upper second class honours degree in Journalism in 2009, I worked at leading digital agency Fast Web Media, before leaving to establish my own business, JDG Media, in October 2010.
JDG Media combines my passion for sport, writing and the web, by offering media, PR and web services primarily to sports clubs and organisations. Working for myself presents many challenges, but also enables me to travel around the country doing what I love – watching and reporting on sport.
Through the business, I work as the media officer for Mersey Tigers basketball club, the 2010/11 British Basketball League champions. I have also worked on official club websites for a number of clubs, including Newcastle Vipers, Bracknell Bees and Northern Stars.
My experience on working on club websites started at the age of 16, when I developed the first website for my local junior team, Crosfields JFC. This led to me working on a range of other sites for other clubs in Warrington, including Garswood JFC, Eagle JFC and Birchwood JFC.
A list of roles I have held and experience gained
Managing Director, JDG Media (October 2010 – Current)
Media Officer, Mersey Tigers Basketball Club (October 2010 – Current)
Content Producer, Fast Web Media (June 2009 – October 2010)
My role included content producing, web management and client liaison. Managed the Carling Football website and the official site of the Carling Cup competition
Founder and editor of www.loverugbyleague.com (September 2005 – Current)
Co-owner, www.britishicehockey.co.uk (July 2009 – Current)
Digital Editor, PLUTO Student Newspaper (September 2006 – May 2009)
The university’s student union newspaper established an online version in 2006 to provide university and local news, features and sport for students, on top of the fortnightly newspaper production.
Co-Owner, SiteHire (November 2007 – January 2009)
An award winning web design and development company created to offer affordable and accessible web design and development for small, independent businesses.
Content Editor, Code13 Rugby League Magazine (January 2008 – August 2008)
Editor, Widnes Vikings Fanzine Gerrin’ to ’em (May 2005 – May 2007)
Online Journalist, www.4thegame.com (August 2005 and December 2008)
4thegame.com was the first Premier League news website. I wrote several features and news items, and used the website’s content management system to update the site.
Press Officer, Warrington Junior Football League (August 2005 – May 2006)
Produced regular match reports and results round ups for the local newspaper, the Warrington Guardian.
Work also published in:
PSU.com (PlayStation 3 News and Reviews)
Lancashire Evening Post
Rugby Leaguer & League Express newspaper
Match day Programmes (St Helens RLFC, Hull FC, Leigh Centurions RLFC, Harlequins RL)
Fubra.com series of websites