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Job Description

A Sports Journalist works in the media industry for a newspaper, magazine, radio, television or the internet to research, write and present information or attend a press conference about a sports event, match or an individual sports person. They brainstorm ideas with other colleagues, may drive to interview the team or sportsperson involved before writing the story. The job role can sometimes demand long unsociable hours often working to very tight deadlines but is very rewarding and no two days are the same.

Entry Requirements

Generally to get into sports journalism you will need a degree in a related subject such as

  • Sports Journalism
  • Journalism
  • English 
  • Creative writing
  • Sports business and broadcasting

For your degree you will usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels or equivalent

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You could work your way towards this role by starting with an advanced apprenticeship as a junior journalist

Employers will set their own entry requirements for the apprenticeship but you will usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs grades 9-4 (A*-C) including English and maths

Career Tips

Many journalists start by writing for student magazines and local publications. 

You could also get some work experience as a commentator at a charity event, such as a fun run

The Sports Journalist Association has further information about training opportunities and where to look for work experience

You will need to have a broad knowledge and interest in sports in general, or be particularly knowledgeable in a chosen specialism. 

Required Skills

  • Good written and communication skills
  • A keen interest in sport
  • The ability to translate a game or event into words
  • Accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation
  • Determination and flexibility
  • A willingness to work long unsociable hours if required
  • Good research skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines

Salary Range

£15,000 - £80,000

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