Nick Warren knew from an early age that he wanted to get into sports journalism and, while on work experience, was advised to train as a general reporter to give him a good background knowledge and keep his employment options open.
After researching journalism courses, UCLan came out as the top course so he set his sights on getting a place.
Nick’s advice to others embarking on a journalism course: “Don’t specify too early, training as a general journalist gives you a great base to start from. And shorthand is still incredible useful – we have had students come in on placements who have opted not to take it and they struggle.”
He found his UCLan experience to be very positive. “On a personal level it was great to become more independent while I learnt a lot from a professional viewpoint that has served me well in my job.
In my final year I wrote to newspapers around the south west to see if they had any vacancies. After going for a day’s trial at two different papers, I was offered two jobs and accepted one at the Exeter Express and Echo as a trainee reporter, before starting the final term at UCLan. I started the job three weeks after sitting my final exams”
Nick is now the Sports Editor of the Exeter Express and Echo and Mid Devon Gazette Series. “I oversee the sports sections of two weekly newspapers, managing two other reporters and am also responsible for covering the Exeter Chief’s rugby side.
Having started at the Echo as a trainee in 2000, I worked as a district reporter and started to cover Exeter after I passed my NECs in 2001. I moved across to sport in 2002, when a vacancy arose started covering Exeter Chief’s the following year and was officially named sports editor in 2012, a year after the paper went from daily to weekly."