Freelance Sports Reporter | James Green

Ever wondered what it would be like to work with Sky Sports News? We spoke to James Green about his journey and role as Freelance Sports Reporter.

Hi James, thank you for taking the time to speak to us today. Can you tell our readers about yourself, what you currently do and how did you end up where you are right now?

I had a dream to work on Sky Sports News and there was a period of time when Sky would only employ people with a journalism qualification or background, which I didn’t have. So, at the age of thirty one, I made the decision to go back to study and chose an NCTJ in News and Sport Journalism at the Press Association. Taking that step back was the best decision I made and I have never looked back.

When did you know you wanted to work in football?

A Freelance Sports News Reporter for Sky Sports and others, what does a “normal” week look like for you?

I also feature almost weekly on the Early Kick Off Show (via Skype) which again requires detailed research the night before.

In between times, lots of reading of the sports pages and keeping on top of the latest news.

What is your number one focus when it comes to your work?

What are the most enjoyable and difficult parts of your role?

The difficult part is coping with the quiet times in the freelance world, like I’m sure many can resonate too. It’s keeping motivated in these time, not letting it affect you and to keep pushing on.

You have covered some of the biggest games in the sport and interviewed many players and managers. What’s been your standout moments/highlights so far?

I worked on a Europa League magazine show for UEFA travelling around Europe meeting players and being invited behind the scenes at clubs like Chelsea, Valencia, Benfica and Rapid Vienna and was topped off by covering the final in Azerbaijan.

The key is enjoying every moment and not thinking too far ahead.

Who are your favourite football reporters or journalists at the moment and what do you think it is that makes them so brilliant?

We are very lucky in this country to have so many who are knowledgeable, articulate, are able to bring their personality to the forefront and importantly are trusting too.

What general advice would you give to individuals looking to pursue a similar career path as yours?

What do you do to switch off outside of work? Any hobbies?

And finally James, where can people find you on social media to connect?

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