I attended my first sports fixture at the age of five when my beloved Torquay United were beaten by Lincoln City. Since then, I have been to a plethora of events across many sports and countries. Aside from football, I am immensely passionate about motorsport, cricket and ice hockey.
My pursuit of sports journalism began during the latter stages of my A-levels, when I enjoyed six months of work experience at the Mid-Devon Advertiser. I volunteered for either one or two days a week, and while there discovered the life of a local reporter in a newsroom. I covered local sports, council meetings, planning reports and much more, which gave me invaluable insight into the industry and inspired me to go to university.
At the time of writing, I am in my second year of studying Specialist Sports Journalism at the University of Derby. Following my academic performance in the first year of my studies, I was selected to receive the Dean’s Award in recognition of my achievements.
During the COVID-imposed lockdown in mid-2020, I began to write for VAVEL.com. I solely covered the Bundesliga initially, but eventually shifted my focus to encompass La Liga and Everton. With VAVEL, I earned Football DataCo. accreditation for the 2020/21 season, and have loved reporting from the press box on matches at seven different EFL grounds.
Alongside this, I have contributed to Exeter City Football Club’s award-winning programme, The Grecian, throughout the season. My League Two Review features have appeared in each edition produced for a league fixture.
Away from home, I continue to hold the position of media assistant at Worksop Town Football Club. As part of the brilliant three-man media team, I have travelled across the country to report on the Tigers, be it by live-tweeting matches through the club’s official account or composing an on-the-whistle report for the website.
During the week, I aid in the creation of the matchday programme as well as providing graphics and other website material.
I began working as an assistant to the media team at Derbyshire County Cricket Club in the summer of 2021. My responsibilities included operating cameras at home fixtures, controlling live stream overlay and writing match reports.
Under the guidance of the England and Wales Cricket Board, I have created a batch of uniformed stinger graphics to be used on live streams of every club competing in the 2021 Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy.
If you would like to get in touch to discuss contributions or even just talk football, you can find me on Twitter, @jgoodmanonline, on TikTok, @journojosh, or by email on email@example.com.