Talent Takes Time

Alison Bender   Football Women/ motherhood  

Want to work in sports journalism? Already work in it and need some advice about how to stay the distance? Want to hear some of the challenges faced, tips and truths? Stop right here.

During lockdown I heard so many stories about the challenges facing budding journalists, and with so few women in the sports writing industry I decided to offer some support about the industry I know so well.

I launched the IGTV series #TalentTakesTime a series of frank and open conversations with Women who work in the industry.

My first 8 guests on #TalentTakesTime

The conversations are weekly, over zoom (of course, what else?) every Tuesday on my instagram channel @alibendertv

I speak about some of the lessons I have learned in my career with my time at Chelsea TV, Real Madrid TV, BBC, ITV, Sky Sports and ESPN, and my guests bring their own stories to the table.

My early days presenting Shopping TV
One of my first presenting jobs on Sky Sports News

Over the coming months I will be chatting to inspirational females in the Sports Broadcasting industry including Natalie Sawyer (TalkSPORT), Rachel Burden  (BBC 5Live/ BBC Breakfast), Natalie Pirks (BBC Sports Correspondent), Kay Murray (ESPN), Reshmin Chowdhury (BT Sport/ TalkSPORT) and Rebecca Lowe from NBC.

I’m delighted to be able to speak to a couple of women who work for Women in Football and organisation which actively encourages and supports women in all areas of the football business. Board member Jo Tongue, a Talent Manager/Agent and Ambassador Jacqui Oatley, of BBC/ITV, completing the octet women in series one.

Kay Murray ESPN host

The topics we covered include:

  • Tips on entering the world of Broadcast Journalism
  • Tips for those in the industry already
  • Brutal truths about the industry
  • The things they’ve learned along the way
  • The career/ motherhood juggle
  • Embracing the long game and rejection
  • Things they were told that hindered them
One of my guests favourite quotes

I know people are time poor, so I have edited each conversation to ten minutes so that all the best bits are there for you on a plate. It’s open, honest and raw discussion about working in the industry.

And once series one is finished, watch out for the second phase focusing on sports writers!

Talent Takes Time is an IGTV series on my instgram: @alibendertv