Amos Wynn is proof that a degree in one subject can allow a student to keep their career options open elsewhere.
Currently in the second year of his Sociology with Politics studies, the Excellence Scholarship winner from Wigan has been building an impressive writing portfolio, mainly focusing on sport, politics and music, with the idea of eventually pursuing a career in journalism.
“I had the idea of wanting to be a journalist at school, but it was only when I started college that I looked into it in more detail,” he said. “I began writing my own stuff and figuring out ways to get published. I realised that interviewing people was the best way, so I just tried to interview anyone I could.”
This approach led to an early interview with rugby sevens Olympic silver medallist Dan Bibby, which was picked up by Amos’s local newspaper, the Wigan Post, as well as covering bands who have gone on to bigger things.
“Interviewing Dan was something I really enjoyed, and I was really proud with how that turned out. I’ve also enjoyed interviewing bands like The Sherlocks and DMA’s, who I’ve then seen headline festivals and big venues – it’s mad to think I’ve got their numbers on my phone.”
It has not all been plain sailing for Amos, who has also interviewed St Helens RL star Regan Grace and MPs Yvonne Forvargue and Dan Carden. Sometimes her has found it difficult to pick up contacts despite a persistent approach.
“Some newspapers simply ignore me and are probably fed up of seeing my name popping up on their emails with yet another piece,” he admits. “But once you deliver something of interest and of good quality you’re in.
“For example, I sent something to the Sheffield Star and after that they always considered any band interviews that I had. Interviewing Dan also helped, I made a good contact with the sports editor and have been on work experience on a few occasions there, and I now have a regular writing role on rugby sevens for them.”
Amos has found that working on his craft, to lift his writing above the norm has been effective in catching the eye of editors.
“One big thing to learn is not to be boring or dull, and to make the writing flow well and be concise. When transcribing interviews, I always try to hear the person’s voice when reading it back and write it as close to that as possible.”
Amos admits that becoming close to bands can become an issue, particularly when compiling gig reviews.
“It’s difficult to review negatively and I’ve not done it too often. It’s even harder if it’s someone you know or have interviewed as you don’t want to say anything bad, so I try to be as constructive as possible.
“Another tricky thing is reviewing somebody who I may not particularly like but who everyone else is loving because clearly, it’s still a good gig, regardless of my taste.”
Amos, who also contributes pieces to Southport FC’s matchday programme, plans to pursue a Masters and obtain a journalism qualification, having specifically chosen his degree path to aid this ambition. He admits the fact he is at Edge Hill has also helped him flourish.
“The campus and accommodation really stood out as somewhere I’d enjoy learning. The staff I spoke to seemed engaging and friendly, so I knew I’d be happy here. Being close to Liverpool is good as it’s a great city with a lot of things going on.”