The sports journalism option takes the principles of general news reporting covered in reporting and applies them to the full range of sports reporting skills.
The programme of study includes: an introduction to sports reporting; the sports news cycle; press conferences and interviewing; sports news, sports public affairs and sports politics; sports features; and editing sports stories.
The exam is divided into two parts. For part one, candidates will watch a football match and produce a match report filing 250 words within five minutes of the final whistle. Candidates will then have a further 30 minutes to produce a 200-word ‘reaction piece’ using quotes and tweets from managers and/or players/fans, supplied to them at the final whistle. For part two, candidates have one hour to write a 200-word round-up, answer a sports interview question and write a story for the web from a press release.