A Journalist reports on stories of interest in sport. Typically, they cover events and provide reports. It’s also their job to provide updates from press conferences and training sessions, conduct interviews, analyse tactical approaches, cover major news events and report on transfer activity and stories of personal interest.
A vast network of contact is essential. A Journalist needs to be aware of a story as it breaks. Knowing people of note also helps a Journalist secure player interviews and gain insider knowledge. The Journalist must then tailor these stories to appeal to their target audience.
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Journalists may be employed by media outlets, non-traditional media owners such as betting companies, or internally by sport clubs. Each employer has different requirements. Tabloid newspapers require Journalists to write much more concise articles than broadsheet newspapers, for example.
An undergraduate degree is non-negotiable, while an NCTJ qualification – usually administered as a postgraduate degree – is usually required too. This develops skills such as writing shorthand and editing articles.
A portfolio of journalistic work is essential. This allows an employer to assess the applicant’s ability to report on an event and whether they can under pressure within certain time constraints. Work experience and internships are important, while voluntary work at a community club or with a blog can help set an applicant apart from the competition.