The BCOMS Masterclass programme for 2021 is full flow, with this year’s cohort being able to benefit from numerous individuals within the media industry. This month has seen the current cohort interact with Jordan Jarrett-Bryan of Channel 4, Toni Afoke an Assistant Producer for talkSport and Ali Humayun a Junior Editor for The Athletic
This year’s cohort have all convened via zoom to engage in a series of engaging and information filled classes from individuals within the media industry. These classes have involved tasks, that the current cohort could find themselves doing in the future and quality feedback from professionals who have first hand experience. The classes have also given opportunity for Q+A’s which allow the current cohort to understand better what working within the media industry entails and potentially where they might see themselves in the coming years.
Jordan Jarret-Bryan led the first masterclass this month, firstly sharing his experiences from a young age and how it shaped him into the man he is today within the media industry. The cohort were very interested in how he was able to navigate through his personal difficulties and make a name for himself within a saturated industry. He was able to give insight on how through perseverance and a desire to succeed he was able to get his foot in the door and from there he has never looked back. He also led a task where the cohort was split into groups and were required amongst their groups to come up with the perfect headline for a hypothetical situation ‘England Win Euro 2020’. This task showcased the very creative talent within the masterclasses.
The second masterclasses this year were led by Toni Afoke, who is an Assistant Producer at talkSport and Ali Humayun, who is a Junior Editor at The Athletic. Both individuals were part of last year’s BCOMS Masterclasses and this served as a great opportunity for the current cohort to see where they could possibly be in a year or two’s time. Toni shared his experience through the industry following the masterclasses and spoke about how he tried his hands at various jobs which included being a runner for talkSport and a Women’s Super League journalist for a social media platform. Eventually, he managed to land a role at talkSport and progressed within the company. Ali’s path to The Athletic was one which was unique. He spoke about solidifying his passion for the media industry on a visit to Pakistan and being a part of the local news production there. This gave him motivation to come back to England and find a role which fit his skillset. Following a scheme with The Guardian newspaper, he managed to land a role with The Athletic. Both candidates set our current cohort a task centred around The Olympics where groups were tasked with how they would broadcast/report on a leading story of their choice from this year’s Tokyo games.
We certainly are looking forward to more masterclasses as many more individuals have been lined up to share more experiences with our current cohort. Massive thanks again to Jordan, Toni and Ali for taking time out of their busy schedules to speak to the latest batch of media aspirants within the BCOMS network.