In a world where the entire media landscape is trying to redefine itself into something that is sustainable and successful long into the future, many people are turning to blogging as a way of showcasing the talents that they have, the knowledge that they have got, and as a way of showing the passion they have for their favourite topics.

My name is Ryan Eckford, I am 27 years old, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and my dream is to become a professional sports commentator/ presenter/ journalist/ writer.

I have completed a Bachelor of Communication (Honours) degree at The University of Newcastle in 2016, receiving an Honours Class II, Division I. The thesis was entitled ‘The impact of social media on sports journalism in a regional Australian city.’ I have completed a Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) degree at The University of Newcastle in 2015, which I have been doing since 2013. Before this, I have completed a Diploma in Communication and Media at Hunter TAFE in 2012. I have done work experience at The Maitland Mercury, NBN Television, and I completed a work placement at 1233 ABC Newcastle in 2015.

I love watching and following as much sport as I can. My dream is to become a top-class professional sports commentator, but I also love to write, especially opinion/feature articles, as well as researching stats/facts relating to sport. Throughout 2016, I was an intern-at-large at 1233 ABC Newcastle, and have written a number of sporting related articles, including Olympic profile articles on Hunter athletes competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

In March 2019, I commentated a National Rugby League (NRL) pre-season trial match for nrl.com between the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles and the Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford in a match between two under-strength teams. However, other than that, I have been looking for an opportunity for the best part of the last three years at least.

I am very keen to work in the media industry professionally in the very near future. If you want to contact me, you can via email: ryan.eckford1@gmail.com , ryan.eckford@uon.edu.au . You can also connect with me via Twitter: @RyanEckford .

I hope you enjoy my sports blog, called Ryan Eckford Sports! On social media, please use the hashtag #RESports when promoting my sports blog, and the posts that I put on Ryan Eckford Sports.