In the summer of 2015, Daniel Long graduated from the University of Roehampton, south-west London, with an upper second-class honours degree in Journalism. Since then, he has been working as a freelance journalist, with much of his writing experience coming from covering a variety of football matches at Academy, Non-League and Professional level.
During his time at Roehampton, he undertook work experience placements at two local newspapers: the Farnham Herald and the Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser, whilst also spending time working on the long-running ‘Hawksbee & Jacobs Show’ at one of the biggest sporting radio stations in the world, talkSPORT. Meanwhile, a third-year module allowed Long to write and produce a short video about the Metropolitan Police Football Club, which can be found here.
His first published match report and byline came in January 2015, when he was approached to cover an FA Vase tie between Flackwell Heath and Hullbridge Sports, by the editor of the Non-League Paper, Stuart Hammonds. This guaranteed regular reporting opportunities with the newspaper in 2014/15, which in turn helped Long secure a freelance ‘Academy Reporter’ position at Brentford Football Club; covering the club’s under-18s across the 2015/16 U18 Professional Development League Two South season.
Most recently, he has been writing for GetWestLondon, covering a number of Brentford first-team games with journalist Tom Moore, along with making several trips to Harlington over the course of the 2015/16 season to interview Queens Park Rangers’ squad members including Nedum Onuoha and Tjaronn Chery.
Hailing from Surrey, Long, clearly a huge football fan, has supported Brentford FC since he was nine, and was a two-time season-ticket holder before pursuing his dream of a career in the media. He also holds an interest in snooker, athletics and travelling and will be studying part-time for an NCTJ Diploma from early 2017.
Daniel is constantly on the lookout for his big break in journalism and although the majority of his experience has come in sport, he is equally as capable writing about BBC bias in the Scottish referendum as he is arguing the case for Sam Saunders to be offered a new contract. Most of all, he is eager to learn and utilise his skills to do whatever it takes to start a career in the media.
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