Sky presenter’s top advice for students
Sky Sports presenter David Jones told CBJ students that you can’t get from A to Z in your quest for success without going right through the alphabet.
The 39-year-old Saturday Night Football host wanted to stress that doing well in journalism meant lots of hard work.
He said: “You might need a bit of luck along the way but you’ll also need to be really keen, putting your hand up to volunteer for extra work at every opportunity.
“You’ll also need forensic-level accuracy. If you’re checking facts it’s no use saying ‘I think they’ve lost 14 times’. Think is no good – everything has to be right.
“You should also concentrate on people skills. That all-important hello or eye contact when you pass someone on a corridor can go a long way.”
David was a trainee reporter at the Derbyshire Times in Chesterfield for two years before joining Sky in 1998.
Since last August he has presented his Saturday evening show with Jamie Redknapp.
But he said to get there meant always having the right attitude. That includes dressing to impress and doing lots of preparation.