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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

A degree in journalism, English or writing is an advantage.  It is possible to get into this profession without a degree but is becoming increasingly difficult.

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

Starting Salary

£15,000 to £23,000

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