CHRONICLE sports reporter Dean Jones spoke about his experiences within the industry to a group of aspiring young journalists.

The talk took place at the home of Huws Gray Alliance side Rhyl FC on Monday, May 21, where the four students from the University of Chester are currently taking part in a five-week work placement scheme.

Mr Jones, who works across Newsquest’s coastal titles including the North Wales Pioneer and Rhyl Journal, began with an introduction regarding how he got into the profession initially, and offered advice on the best avenues to take once the group have completed their respective degree courses.

He also discussed some of his career highlights, the importance of social media and the do’s and don’ts in relation to finding and reporting on a specific story.

Jack Donohue, Aled Davies, Reese Hobbs and Jack Dunn are working at the Lilywhites under the supervision of managing director Mike Jones on a number of key tasks including media, marketing and administration throughout their placement.

Mr Jones, who also works as a communications assistant at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay, spent some time with the quartet on an upcoming campaign they are putting together regarding season tickets and price structure at the Lilies, examining different ways of advertising in the digital age and various other ways to get their message across.

The 36-year-old, said: “The group were very attentive throughout and asked some very intuitive questions, and hopefully they can take on board the information I presented to them and put it to good use.

“I have a brilliant and long-standing working relationship with Rhyl Football Club and this project is further proof of the great work they undergo in the community and further afield.

“I thoroughly enjoy the work I do both at Rydal Penrhos and for the Newsquest coastal titles, and I like to think I have raised the profile of sport in the region thanks to the freedom afforded to me be my brilliant editor Andrew Martin.”