Emma Tattum: My TNS Media Team Experience

Emma Tattum: My TNS Media Team Experience

In recent weeks we have been having some very productive meetings with Jon Simcock (and others) at Wrexham’s Glyndwr University. The aim has been to link with the Broadcasting, Journalism and Media department to develop links between the institution and the club.

Emma (l) and Kara (r) with the Dafabet Welsh Premier League trophy at Park Hall

Yesterday, the ‘rubber hit the road’ as the first students joined us at a game. It was a real pleasure to have Emma and Kara with us and further on is the former’s feedback as received. The report is very encouraging, we’re sure that you’ll agree!

We had a chat with them both on the way to the game as we stopped off for food and relaxation at the Holiday Inn just outside Cardiff. Watch the video below, that we recorded via our Twitter account.

 

My TNS Media Team Experience

During my 1st day working with TNS, I was fortunate enough to have experienced first hand, many different sides of what goes into match day reporting as part of the media team.
Myself and fellow student, Kara Davies arrived at Park Hall early Saturday morning (18th) in time for the team departure to Cardiff at 8am. My original expectation was that everyone would be travelling by themselves and would meet up in the Capital for the match but, I was wrong. Everyone from the media team, the physio, the manager and of course the players travelled on the coach together and you can’t help but feel a family environment.

A few episodes of ‘An Idiot Abroad’ and a lovely meal later, we arrived at Cardiff Metropolitan’s Cyncoed Campus for the start of the game. After setting up all of the equipment such as the radio, cameras and team sheets, we was finally ready for kick off.

Of course, not everything always goes as smooth running as you may think! We had a couple of signal problems but, we fought through and we live blogged through social media, grabbed our cameras for some pitch side photography, broadcast live on TNS radio and spoke to some of the players. The best part about it was that myself and Kara were made to feel so comfortable and able to contribute in anyway we wanted to. We both really felt like we was part of the entire TNS team.

We also got to meet some of the crew from Japanese network ‘Fuji TV’ who was at Cardiff to film the game and interview some of New Saint’s players and staff. To watch their interviews and how they filmed the match was yet another excellent part of the day for us.

Through this experience, I learnt that teamwork is vital! It’s a real group effort in order to gain quality of work and to have a smooth running day. It’s a very fast past environment, within a blink you can miss the action and have to work rapidly to catch up but, it really keeps you on your toes! Which as a Journalism student, I have learnt is all part of the job!

As a first year Broadcast, Journalism and Media student at Glyndwr University, I never thought I would get the opportunity to gain the experience that I had, so, getting to put everything that I have learnt in my lectures so far, into practice was brilliant. I’m very much looking forward to getting involved with the club in the future.

Emma Tattum
Broadcasting, Journalism and Media Communications Student
Year 1 – Glyndwr University