The nationally recognised NCTJ Diploma in Journalism helped UCFB graduate Conor on his way with the nation’s most popular sport website…

There can be no denying that Sky Sports has changed the way fans watch sport forever.

Thousands of football, rugby, cricket and NFL fixtures are beamed into living rooms around the country every year in high definition, with some of the most talented names in punditry analysing the games in fine detail.

But it’s Sky Sports’ journalistic efforts that have also made others raise the bar. First came Sky Sports News, the UK’s first dedicated rolling sport news service, in 1998. Now Sky Sports are offering more and more from their digital news service through their website and mobile apps.

At the core of each report though is a focus on good journalism. Just one look at any reporter role advertised on Sky Sports’ careers website will show an applicant must possess the NCTJ qualification – the required benchmark for news and sports reporters in the UK.

UCFB graduate Conor came to UCFB to study the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism from Sky Sports, through their apprenticeship scheme. He now spends his days engrossed in his favourite pastime – sport.

“I’ve always been a massive sport fan,” he said. “Reading and watching entertaining sport content is something I’ve always enjoyed doing.”

For an institution like Sky, only the best education will do for their staff.

“The NCTJ course at UCFB offered me the perfect experience to help boost my confidence and understanding of the journalism world,” Conor said. “I’ve long believed that in order to maximise your potential and become the best in your chosen field, it is crucial that you surround yourselves with the industry’s best and UCFB offers precisely that.”