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How to become a Sports Journalist

What is a Sport Journalist?

At present, more and more media channels are reporting on sporting events. Not only does this allow sport fanatics to gain better coverage and analysis than ever before, but also means that there are enhanced opportunities to find employment in the sports media sector than ever before.

What qualifications do you need to become a Sport Journalist?

Generally to gain a job in Sports Journalism you need a degree in a related field such as Journalism. Further to this, having work experience in a similar field is always beneficial.

Skills and Experience needed:

-Good knowledge of the Sport Business Industry

-Good research skills

-Creativity

-Good communication skills, both written and verbal

-A passion for Sport

-An ability to connect with Sports Fans

Examples of sports journalist jobs include:

Sports writers/reporters for print media (including newspapers and magazines)

Sports editors for print media (including newspapers and magazines)

Hosts of radio or television sports shows

Sports announcers/commentators for radio or television

Producers or directors of television or radio sports shows

Media Representative for sports teams, associations or major venues

Online writers/reporters for sports websites, e-magazines or e-newspapers

Online editors for sports websites, e-magazines or e-newspapers

Sports writers/reporters for television or radio broadcasts

Salary

The average wage for a Journalist in the UK is around £24,000 a Year.

What is the Career Progression?

Go from local paper to working for a well-established business/ broadcaster. Journalists are known to go into Presenting, Commentary or Sport Broadcasting.

What are the benefits of being a Sport Journalist?

When you’re a Sport Journalist, you never know what to expect from one day due to the ever-changing nature of the job. It is very challenging and demanding which means it is ideal for people who work best under pressure. You often gain the opportunity to meet new people, from all walks of life, that you would not normally have got to meet. You get to work in an industry that is your passion, you get to write and have your name printed next to articles.

What are the drawbacks?

The wage at the start of your career will be very low (£13,000-£15,000). You will have to work long and unsociable hours, which can include holidays, i.e. Christmas and Easter.

More information:

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