Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Marks’s career presses ahead
The Racing Post is not a common choice of newspaper amongst college students, but for Mark Scully, horse racing has been a lifelong passion. Now aged 27, the former Winstanley College student is ‘living the dream’ as a journalist for the very paper he used to browse in his lunchtimes.
Mark came to Winstanley from Burscough Priory Science College and studied English Language, Law, Politics and French; he has fond memories of this time at college and ‘thanks it in no small part’ for where he is today. He then went on to study Journalism at Liverpool John Moores’ University before landing his first press job as the Council Reporter for the Sunderland Echo.
His first break into the horse racing world came when he got a journalist’s job with smaller racing magazine ANZ Bloodstock News. After gaining experience here, Mark was able to secure his current position at The Racing Post based in Newmarket, the global HQ of horseracing.
Mark’s career so far has been an exciting one and has included the chance to interview Trainer Johnny Murtagh at the Curragh in Ireland and travel as far as Singapore where he covered the annual international race meeting at Kranji racecourse.
With such a bright future ahead, Mark is keen to help other aspiring young journalists and has offered to be a point of contact for Winstanley students with similar ambitions to his. He will become part of a strong alumni network that the college operates allowing them to celebrate the success of former students and piggy-back off that success by using it to help current learners.
If you attended Winstanley College and wish to share your success, please get in touch: www.winstanley.ac.uk/alumni-world-wide-winstanley/