BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

Course Subject: Sports Journalism
Course Type: Higher Education Undergraduate
Centre: University of Sunderland
Region: North East England
Duration: 3 years

Gain core skills of sports journalism. Write previews, features, sports news stories and match reports. Access industry experts, placements, publishing opportunities, field trips. Graduate with both an honours degree in sports journalism and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification, significantly boosting your employability as a sports journalist.

During the first year, we’ll set you up with journalism essentials – writing styles, research, media law and online skills. You’ll look at online sports reporting and be introduced to the fascinating world of sports journalism. In the second and third years, you’ll study topics in more depth, you’ll experience our Newsroom in action, consider multimedia sports journalism, advanced sports reporting, and media ethics, and undertake a shorthand course free of charge.

Increase your practical experience by taking on reporting, editing and/or managerial roles on Sportbyte; our student-run website covering sport, in our innovative mediaHUB, BBC Newcastle’s home in Sunderland and host to visiting journalists from organisations such as Trinity Mirror (Newcastle Chronicle, Journal) and Johnston Press (Sunderland Echo).

In your final year, you’ll go on placement – putting what you’ve learnt into practice. You’ll undertake a project, producing your own sports magazine, newspaper or series of in-depth articles which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.