Sports Journalism

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.

This module is available as a distance learning unit.