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David Spereall

David Spereall

Journalism, Morley Obsever and Advertiser and Reporter Series




​Brief description of current job and place of work.

I work for the Morley Observer and Advertiser and Reporter Series, specialising in covering Morley as my patch and contributing to the Dewsbury Reporter titles.

What was your highlight whilst at Leeds Trinity University?

Meeting some great people, in particular the five people I went on to share a house with in my second and third year, and enjoying some happy times with them.

Where did you go for your professional work placement?

I worked for four weeks at Ross Parry News Agency before doing a week apiece at Bradford Telegraph and Argus and the Yorkshire Evening Post Sports Desk.  Outside of the compulsory six-week placement I also worked at two professional snooker tournaments, writing copy for and also spent four weeks at the Hull Daily Mail.

What one piece of advice would you give to current students?

Use your initiative. Do as much work experience as you can and go and talk to your lecturers and tutors. It will show that you are keen and eager to improve and will mean they remember you when opportunities arise.

What has been your career path since graduating?

I worked for three months at a PR agency but didn't enjoy that and so returned to Leeds Trinity on a six-month Journalism Internship. There I developed a news website for the Tour de France 2014, which started in Yorkshire, and contributed content towards it as well as working closely with postgraduate and undergraduate students.

I left in June 2014 to take up a job at the Reporter Series, where I work for the Morley Observer & Advertiser, writing for the weekly paper and for the website.

What would be your dream job?

Football writer at the Newcastle Chronicle

Person you'd most like to work with?

Andrew Marr


Journalism-wise, David Dimbleby.  In life, Oscar Romero

Most embarrassing career moment?

I interviewed Gabby Logan at last year's Journalism Week and she talked about her busy working schedule for summer 2014, which would see her work all over the world and take in the World Cup, Commonwealth Games and the Tour de France. Quipping that she was "Probably not going to see my family for three months," I stumped for words at this point could only muster a rather pathetic, "Oh well."   Luckily she saw the funny side!