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Commentator to kick off university’s week on women in sports journalism

Jacqui OatleyA sports commentator is set to address journalism students ahead of a conference hosted by their university on women in sports media.

Jacqui Oatley, left, will talk to students at the University of Northampton on Monday, prior to the institution’s ahead of it Changing Futures For Women In Sports Media conference on Thursday.

Jacqui’s appearance comes after recently took aim at a reader of Sheffield daily The Star after the newspaper published a letter from him in which he claimed he was irritated by female reporters covering football matches for the BBC.

After seeing the letter herself, Jacqui offered the reader in question, Ken Tomlinson, a “little shout out” from the Watford FC press box, where she was covering a match alongside football writer Amy Lawrence and Sun reporter Vicky Orvice.

However, in a follow-up letter to The star, Mr Tomlinson stood by his words.

Jacqui, who made history in 2007 as Match of the Day’s first female commentator, will be sharing the secrets of her success with multimedia journalism students in Northampton.

Course leader Marc Webber said: “Jacqui’s rise to be the trusted face and voice of primetime TV sport in the UK cannot be undersold.

“This university wants to open doors to the next generation of female sports journalists and I can think of no better person for my students to learn from than a professional who has fought hard to chip away at the glass ceiling that often surrounds this job.”