I had the pleasure of meeting the one and only Jacqui Hurley on Tuesday, February 12th.
Being one of the youngest working sports presenter in the RTÉ studio. She came and gave us a great insight into how to better our career and break into the industry. Informing us how to be short snappy and quick about informing the listeners on the top three to five main points of the games.
When presenting, Jacqui finds that in Ireland we are all very much together when cheering for teams. For the likes of the Olympics and international games, we are a very much united group of supports. For working on GAA it is acceptable to be slightly biased for your team as it is ingrained in us from such a young age. Be proud of where you are from and don't be afraid to support your county colours. The one area Jacqui finds that you have to be very careful when commenting on is soccer whether you are a Liverpool, United or Spurs fan, soccer is a sport she thinks is the one you have to stick to the facts more and leave your alliance at the door.
The main advice we received from having Jacqui in is to keep working on editing, be that video, sound or both. Keep doing it as it is the one skill that will stick with you forever. This is a skill that many journalists in RTÉ at the moment do not have and therefore if we go in with the skills or being able to do both editing and writing it will give us a boost over the employees already there. Take your top five points to build around, if you are covering a full match for video keep it within 11 minutes, if you are covering for sound keep it down to a minute and a half as that is all people will be interested in.
If you want to up your sound skills Jacqui would highly recommend registering for Today FM School of Radio which they run during the summer months. Which you can learn more about right here.