Graduate fanzine venture

Glamorgan journalism student Thomas Morgan writes about a recent   graduate venture

A group of graduates have started a new fanzine this year hoping it will give them vital experience when it comes to getting a job. 

The publication called SOS – Swansea Oh Swansea, a fanzine for Swansea City Football Club, was the brainchild of Steven Carroll.

The former University of Glamorgan Journalism student saw this as a great way to get experience for future job opportunities. 

Simon Glanville, who graduated from Glamorgan alongside the fanzines creator, echoed the feelings of Robert; “It’s not only great for future employers to see but also great for yourself. It gives you a real buzz knowing your material is being read.” 

Robert Dalling, 22, an English student graduate from Swansea Metropolitan University, who contributes to SOS, said; “It is a good way to get published work out there where you can take to an interview and just show them what you can do.” 

The first two issues have already gone out featuring interviews with ex-players and living legends, and opinion pieces on the current state of the promotion chasing team.

The fanzine at the moment is completely free of charge and runs on advertising funding alone.  Steven Carroll said; “At the moment I’m making no money from it whatsoever. I’m doing it for my own enjoyment and a way to practice the skills I learnt in my degree. Giving it away means nobody can really turn it down at the moment and when we are a bit better known then we can start charging for it.” 

The Swansea football club already has an established fanzine, as well as a football league award-winning match day programme, leaving the budding journalists with competition for readers.

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