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A sports journalist works in the media industry (newspaper, magazines, radio, television, internet) and source, research, write and present stories for publication in local, regional and national press.
A day in the life of a Sports Journalist
No day is ever the same being a sports journalist, you could be attending an England rugby press conference, reporting on a Champions League match or rustling up a hard-hitting news story in the office.
What each day does have in common is a need to put in a lot of research and a satisfaction at the end of a job well done.
On a normal day within my office, I will spend an hour brainstorming potential ideas for news stories before holding an editorial conference to discuss these ideas further. From then on it is a case of working until those stories are written whether that means driving to interview someone at their home or staying up until 2am to speak to someone in Australia.
|1.||Being paid to do a job you love. Whether it is going to the Beijing for the Olympics or interviewing one of your childhood heroes|
|2.||It is also incredibly satisfying to see your name in print after a job well done|
|3.||I continue to get a buzz from being a sports journalist every day of the week|
|3 not so great things about being a sports journalist|
|1.||You do have to work long hours|
|2.||Your starting salary is very low|
|3.||You will also be required to work nearly every Saturday and some Sundays as well. While the idea of being a sports journalist sounds attractive on paper, often people find it much harder once they are on the coalface|
A National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification is an essential stepping stone to a career into any field of journalism not just sport. Having graduated from Edinburgh University, I was desperate to get my first job straight away but bitter experience showed that newspaper editors are unwilling to take on fresh-faced trainees who aren’t NCTJ qualified. The qualification teaches you news writing, public affairs – knowledge of national and local government, law – not getting your editor sued, and shorthand where you are trained to write at 100 words-per-minute. I took my course at News Associates where you are thrown headfirst into the world of journalism.
|3 opportunities and experiences you recommend you gain?|
|1.||Apply to your local and national newspapers, to magazines and websites to try and gain a broad understanding of each different field of journalism|
|2.||Make sure you are writing regularly, even if it is not published. Next time a football or rugby game is on TV try turning the commentary off and writing a 200-word match report within five minutes of the final whistle|
|3.||If you are interested in going out to cover a live match please contact my news editor Craig Chisnall at email@example.com. You may not be covering Manchester United v Chelsea but we all had to start somewhere – my first game was Dover Athletic in the Ryman League South|
Reporters vary from £10,000 - £25,000.
Sub-editors and editors of national newspapers £40,000 - £80,000
You can study a BA (Hons) in Sports Journalism at;
|Edge Hill University|
|Leeds Trinity & All Saints|
|Southampton Solent University|
|University for the Creative Arts|
|University of Bedfordshire|
|University of Central Lancashire|
|University of East London|
|University of the Arts London|
|University of the West of Scotland|
|University of Worcester|
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