Estimated learning time: 70 hours
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 consists of six units with self-assessed tasks that help learners prepare for the sports journalism exam.
The course materials you will receive for this module are: Sports journalism course USB stick, match footage and Sports Journalism: A practical introduction textbook by Phil Andrews.