UWS Professor David McGillivray gave an insightful talk entitled ‘Transnational Digital Fandom: Club Media, Place, and (Networked) Space’ which touched on the impact of St Mirren TV and club media.
In addition, UWS PhD student, Jordan Donnelly and UWS Lecturer, Colin Brow, presented during the two-day event, with Jordan discussing chaos and trauma in football from the perspective of an early carer whilst Colin discussed the influence of a competitive season on non-contact injury incidence.
Fraser Clarke, one of the fourth-year Sports Journalism students taking part, said: “It's been a really eye-opening experience. We've met an interesting range of people, and quite a few of the topics have really got you thinking in a bit more depth. On a personal note it's been great to test out our skills in the real world - and finally meet people who we've been referencing for years!”
Elizabeth McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Sports Journalism at UWS, said: “It is fantastic that some of our fourth-year sports journalism students got the opportunity to report on global issues in sport at the 2018 Football Collective. Not only did they learn vital, transferrable skills such as the timely editing and producing of news content and podcasts, they got to witness academic discourse and debate first-hand at a high-profile sporting event and were given the chance to identify, and report on, newsworthy hooks around Scotland’s national sport.”