If you're looking to be the first to scoop the news on the matchday team, report on the latest injury concerns and provide insightful match-day analysis, then a career in sports journalism might be the ideal route for you to take.
Whilst the role is understandably competitive, with the right blend of experience and dedication, you can have one of the most sought-after careers in the football industry. From broadcast to print-press, digital news and social media, we have compiled some top tips to get you there.
It might sound obvious, but without passion for your subject, it will be difficult to get to where you want to be.
Practice makes perfect
If you aren’t already, make sure you are reading as many articles as you can. This will help you to recognise different types of articles and learn about different styles of writing and broadcast. Ask yourself about what sets each of them apart.
You can then start writing up match reports in your spare time. Start posting them on your own blog and share via social media. You will quickly gain feedback and interaction with your friends and family before building a larger network.
Take criticism on board and adapt and develop your writing style. Writing is a continuously evolving skill, so put yourself out there and see what it brings.
Have a look at the different types of short courses, online courses and university courses available in your area that specialise in journalism, with some specialising in Sport & Football. These will equip you with a wide variety of skills that will help you develop a keen eye for ‘news’ as well as practical on-the-job skills that will help set you apart from the competition.
Gain insight from others
There are many different routes into sports journalism. Ask as many current sports journalists for their top tips on how to get into the profession. You’ll scoop incredible insight from their individual stories.
Experience is everything
Apply for work experience within your local newspaper, radio or TV stations, ask to guest blog on different sports websites and volunteer to write up match day analysis for your local team. This will allow you to put together a fantastic portfolio, which will stand you in good stead when it comes to applying for your first professional role. It shows dedication, passion and technique – something employers are crying out for.