Dominic Sweeney

COURSE:
Media & Communication

Personal statement

Through cultivating and utilizing a confident, creative, and hardworking attitude, I have acquired work experience in Journalism and Radio, the latter of which I hadn't even discovered my passion for until I enrolled at Birmingham City University.

I have also been able to start and slowly build a multimedia brand called Kickin' Out at Three with two fellow students, which started out as a simple professional wrestling podcast. We've since expanded onto YouTube, hosted a WWE viewing party, and are currently working on a feature length television documentary. The friends and connections we’ve made in the wrestling business have helped us build the positive rapport we need within that industry in order to make that documentary a success.

As for my other individual experience, I have had written pieces published for publications such as Birmingham Eastside, for whom I was the Sports Editor in 2017. I’ve also worked as a Sports Reporter and Commentator for Switch Radio since Spring 2018, which has given me various opportunities to expand my knowledge of broadcast media, and also achieve a dream in making my football commentary debut. Speaking of Switch, I was also able to get “My Brain Is Sick”, a short radio documentary I created about mental health, aired out live during Mental Health Awareness Week.

Oh, and you may have heard of FADE Radio at some point this year? Well I was one of the four creators of the station, and in turn became the Sports Producer for the entirety of our run.

As for my future ambitions, my immediate goal is to successfully complete and obtain a Masters Degree in Media Production next year, whilst still remaining at BCU. As much as I don’t want to completely divert away from Journalism, I feel as though I need to take a step back from it in order to develop the way I wish to, and gain the knowledge and skills I require to become a far more marketable asset to any future employer of mine.

I’d certainly like to continue to create and produce television and radio documentaries in the future, and even potentially go into directing feature films should things fall into the right place at the right time.

And as a side project, I would also like to launch a clothing brand before the end of 2020.

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