Sports journalism

Duration: No time limit
Fee: please see order form
Tutor support: one hour

Sports journalism is one of the specialist options that makes up the Diploma in Journalism qualification and can be studied alongside, or following completion of the core skills.

The distance learning course teaches students how to cover sports, but the essential basics of journalism must also be understood, to become a competent sports journalist.

Distance learning is ideal for those unable to attend an NCTJ-accredited course. It may also be of interest to trainees or reporters looking to develop sports reporting skills. Studying the programme will enable candidates to sit the NCTJ's sports journalism exam, showing editors they have the knowledge, passion and experience to be employed on a sports desk.

You can take your own time to complete the course, and any work experience or on-the-job sports reporting you do will help you to learn and practice your skills.

The course is available on DVD-Rom and consists of six units with self-assessed tasks that help learners prepare for the sports journalism exam.

Suggested Study Time:

  • Introduction to sports reporting – 2 hours 30 mins
  • The sports news cycle: sports reporting in general – 3 hours
  • Press conferences and interviewing – 2 hours 45 mins
  • Sports knowledge, sports public affairs and sports politics – 3 hours 10 mins
  • Subbing sports stories – 2 hours
  • Sports features – 3 hours

Course book: Sports Journalism: A practical introduction by Phil Andrews

This book can be purchased separately from the online shop.