Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication

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How to be a sports journalist

Clothworkers’ Central, Speakman Lecture Theatre

Leeds-based Daily Express journalist Ross Heppenstall outlines the workings of a modern-day sports reporter. Detailing some of the biggest stories and matches he has covered, Ross talks about what it takes to get to the heart of the story.

He talks about interviewing Keegan Hirst, the only gay rugby league player, and covering teams such as Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos. His talk aims to give students and aspiring sports journalists advice on how to set themselves up for a career in journalism. Ross also writes about music and travel and touches on this in his talk.


Ross Heppenstall has worked as a sports journalist for the past 15 years. Based in Leeds, he has worked as the Daily Express’ rugby league correspondent for the past six years but also covers rugby union, football and others sports. He often covers football and rugby matches for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Mail on Sunday and various other national newspapers. Ross is also a music writer and gig reviewer and a travel writer.

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