Profession sports journalist

Sports journalists research and write articles about sport events and athletes for newspapers, magazines, television and other media. They conduct interviews and attend events.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Writing techniques

    The different techniques to write a story such as the descriptive, persuasive, first person and other techniques.

  • Sports competition information

    The information regarding latest results, competitions and events in the sporting industry.

  • Editorial standards

    The guidelines on how to deal with and report on privacy, children, and death according to impartiality, and other standards.

  • Interview techniques

    The techniques for getting information out of people by asking the right questions in the right way and to make them feel comfortable.

  • Sport games rules

    The rules and regulations of sport games such as football, soccer, tennis, and others.

  • Grammar

    The set of structural rules governing the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language.

  • Spelling

    The rules concerning the way words are spelled.

  • Sporting events

    Possess an understanding of different sporting events and conditions that can affect a result.

  • Copyright legislation

    Legislation describing the protection of the rights of original authors over their work, and how others can use it.

Skills

  • Develop professional network

    Reach out to and meet up with people in a professional context. Find common ground and use your contacts for mutual benefit. Keep track of the people in your personal professional network and stay up to date on their activities.

  • Consult information sources

    Consult relevant information sources to find inspiration, to educate yourself on certain topics and to acquire background information.

  • Follow ethical code of conduct of journalists

    Follow the ethical code of conduct of journalists, such as freedom of speech, right of reply, being objective, and other rules.

  • Evaluate writings in response to feedback

    Edit and adapt work in response to comments from peers and publishers.

  • Build contacts to maintain news flow

    Build contacts to maintain a flow of news, for example, police and emergency services, local council, community groups, health trusts, press officers from a variety of organisations, the general public, etc.

  • Apply grammar and spelling rules

    Apply the rules of spelling and grammar and ensure consistency throughout texts.

  • Study topics

    Carry out effective research on relevant topics to be able to produce summary information appropriate to different audiences. The research may involve looking at books, journals, the internet, and/or verbal discussions with knowledgeable persons.

  • Interview people

    Interview people in a range of different circumstances.

  • Follow the news

    Follow current events in politics, economics, social communities, cultural sectors, internationally, and in sports.

  • Write to a deadline

    Schedule and respect tight deadlines, especially for theatre, screen and radio projects.

  • Participate in editorial meetings

    Participate in meetings with fellow editors and journalists to discuss possible topics and to divide the tasks and workload.

  • Stay up to date with social media

    Keep up with the trends and people on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

  • Use specific writing techniques

    Use writing techniques depending on the type of media, the genre, and the story.

Optional knowledge and skills

rewrite articles perform video editing edit negatives edit digital moving images check correctness of information promote your writings communicate by telephone press law edit photographs multimedia systems manage personal finances ask questions at events adapt to changing situations provide written content sport history create online news content follow directions of on-site director ict software specifications adapt to type of media proofread text audio editing software manage writing administration document interviews edit recorded sound perform image editing write captions present during live broadcasts pronunciation techniques apply desktop publishing techniques desktop publishing write headlines