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A University of Worcester Journalism student is making a name for himself writing for the world’s biggest football website.

Tom Davis, a third year BA (Hons) joint honours Journalism and English Language Studies student, is a paid contributor to several websites, including leading football site Goal.com.

After completing a five-month internship with the website, Tom was taken on permanently alongside his studies at Worcester, and his reputation has continued to grow.

He explains: “During the internship I worked one six-hour shift on a Friday, and sometimes at weekends, as a news writer, working alongside a team of sub-editors and other writers to produce new stories, features, match previews and reports and live text commentary.

“I now work each week, primarily on match days, covering football in the Midlands area. I have attended a range of games including matches in the Premier League, the FA Cup, the League Cup and international fixtures typically writing match reports, providing live text commentary and attending post-match press conferences.”

22 year-old Tom, from Solihull, initially gained experience writing for the University’s student newspaper, The Voice, where he created, ran and edited the publication’s first website. He has since built his portfolio writing for a range of other publications, including Yahoo.com, with one of his most popular articles to date advising other students how to ‘earn as you learn’ and juggle paid employment with studies.

Tom continues: “I write features for Yahoo’s various sub-sections – including topics on finance, television and music. I submit ideas, pitch and then secure assignments.

“The first one was how to find jobs when at university, published on finance pages of both the British and American versions of the website, and this gained 30,000 hits in first few days.”

“In addition to that, I have been writing features on Aston Villa for the monthly magazine, The Villa Times, since August 2012 and after some work experience at football website TEAMtalk.com, I write Villa-related blog features for them and for Sky Sports, in a section of their website called FanZone.

“I have also set-up and initiated coverage of local music festivals such as Nozstock, where I attended the three-day festival, interviewed artists and wrote features and reviews.”

Of Tom’s achievements, Claire Wolfe, Subject Leader in Journalism, says: “Tom has impressed us with his determination to succeed. He is a real self-starter and is making lots of contacts that will help him to make the transition into a full time journalism role.

“The fact that he is helping to pay his way through the course is a testament to his enthusiasm and his ability. His future prospects are looking very good.”