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Working As A Sports Reporter

  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Sports Reporter Do

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts inform the public about news and events happening internationally, nationally, and locally. They report the news for newspapers, magazines, websites, television, and radio.

Duties

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts typically do the following:

  • Research topics and stories that an editor or news director has assigned to them
  • Interview people who have information, analysis, or opinions about a story or article
  • Write articles for newspapers, blogs, and magazines and write scripts to be read on television or radio
  • Review articles for accuracy and proper style and grammar
  • Develop relationships with experts and contacts who provide tips and leads on stories
  • Analyze and interpret information to increase their audiences’ understanding of the news
  • Update stories as new information becomes available

Reporters and correspondents, also called journalists, often work for a particular type of media organization, such as a television or radio station, newspaper, or website.

Those who work in television and radio set up and conduct interviews, which can be broadcast live or recorded for future broadcasts. These workers are often responsible for editing interviews and other recordings to create a cohesive story and for writing and recording voiceovers that provide the audience with the facts of the story. They may create multiple versions of the same story for different broadcasts or different media platforms.

Most television and radio shows have hosts, also called anchors, who report the news and introduce stories from reporters.

Journalists for print media conduct interviews and write articles to be used in newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Because most newspapers and magazines have print and online versions, reporters typically produce content for both versions. Doing so often requires staying up to date with new developments of a story so that the online editions can be updated with the most current information.

Some journalists may convey stories through both broadcast and print media, as well as help manage the organization’s web content. For example, television stations often have a website, and a reporter may post a blog or an article for the website. Similarly, a reporter working for newspapers or magazines may create videos or podcasts that people access online.

Stations are increasingly relying on multimedia journalists to publish content on a variety of platforms, including radio and television stations, websites, and mobile devices. Multimedia journalists typically record, report, write, and edit their own stories. They also gather the audio, video, or graphics that accompany their stories.

Reporters and correspondents may need to maintain a presence on social media networking sites. Many use social media to cover live events, provide additional information for readers and viewers, promote their stations and newscasts, and engage better with their audiences.

Some journalists, particularly those in large cities or large news organizations, cover a particular topic, such as sports, medicine, or politics. Journalists who work in small cities, towns, or organizations may need to cover a wider range of subjects.

Some reporters live in other countries and cover international news.

Some reporters—particularly those who work for print news—are self-employed and take freelance assignments from news organizations. Freelance assignments are given to writers on an as-needed basis. Because freelance reporters are paid for the individual story, they work with many organizations and often spend some of their time marketing their stories and looking for their next assignment.

Some people with a background as a reporter or correspondent work as postsecondary teachers and teach journalism or communications at colleges and universities.

Broadcast news analysts are another type of media occupation. Broadcast news analysts are often called upon to provide their opinion, rather than reporting, on a particular news story. They may appear on television, radio, or in print and offer their opinion to viewers, listeners, or readers. However, most broadcast news analysts come from fields outside of journalism and have expertise in a particularly subject—for example, politics, business, or medicine—and are hired on a contract basis to provide their opinion of the subjects being discussed. Becoming a broadcast news analyst is typically not a career path for new journalists.

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How To Become A Sports Reporter

Employers generally prefer to hire reporters and correspondents who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications along with an internship or work experience from a college radio or television station or a newspaper.

Education

Most employers prefer workers who have a bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications. However, some employers may hire applicants who have a degree in a related subject, such as English or political science, and relevant work experience.

Bachelor’s degree programs in journalism and communications include classes in journalistic ethics and techniques for researching stories and conducting interviews. Some programs may require students to take liberal arts classes, such as English, history, economics, and political science, so that students are prepared to cover stories on a wide range of subjects.

Some journalism students may benefit from classes in multimedia design, coding, and programming. Because content is increasingly being delivered on television, websites, and mobile devices, reporters need to know how to develop stories with video, audio, data, and graphics.

Some schools offer graduate programs in journalism and communications. These programs prepare students who have a bachelor’s degree in another field to become journalists.

Other Experience

Employers generally require workers to have experience gained through internships or by working on school newspapers. While attending college, many students seek multiple internships with different news organizations. These internships allow students the opportunities to work on stories and put together a portfolio of their best writing samples or on-air appearances.

Advancement

After gaining more work experience, reporters and correspondents can advance by moving from news organizations in small cities or towns to news organizations in large cities. Larger markets offer job opportunities with higher pay and more responsibility and challenges. Reporters and correspondents also may become editors or news directors.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Journalists must be able to report the news both verbally and in writing. Strong writing skills are important for journalists in all kinds of media.

Computer skills. Journalists should be able to use editing equipment and other broadcast-related devices.

Interpersonal skills. To develop contacts and conduct interviews, reporters need to build good relationships with many people. They also need to work well with other journalists, editors, and news directors.

Objectivity. Journalists need to report the facts of the news without inserting their opinion or bias into the story.

Persistence. Sometimes, getting the facts of a story is difficult, particularly when those involved refuse to be interviewed or provide comment. Journalists need to be persistent in their pursuit of the story.

Stamina. The work of journalists is often fast paced and exhausting. Reporters must be able to keep up with the additional hours of work.

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Sports Reporter Career Paths

Sports Reporter
Reporter Account Executive Marketing Manager
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Sports Editor Editor Marketing Manager
Brand Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Reporter Account Executive Principal
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Reporter Public Relations Specialist Public Relations Manager
Manager Of Corporate Communications
7 Yearsyrs
Sports Editor Editor Public Relations Manager
Director, Corporate Communications
10 Yearsyrs
Editor Owner Marketing Director
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications
12 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Executive Assistant Property Manager
Assistant Director, Communications
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Technical Writer Web Developer
Web Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Communications Manager Public Relations Director
Media Relations Director
5 Yearsyrs
Writer And Editor Senior Editor Communications Director
Community Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Writer Public Relations Manager Public Relations Director
Public Relations And Communications Director
7 Yearsyrs
Sports Editor Copy Editor Staff Writer
Public Information Officer
6 Yearsyrs
Writer Technical Writer Marketing Communications Manager
Content Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
News Reporter Managing Editor
Publications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Writer Senior Editor Communications Director
Deputy Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
News Reporter Managing Editor Content Manager
Content Director
7 Yearsyrs
Writer Communications Specialist Public Relations Specialist
Media Relations Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Copy Editor Managing Editor Content Manager
Digital Content Manager
5 Yearsyrs
News Reporter Producer Social Media Manager
Manager Of Digital Media
5 Yearsyrs
Production Assistant Producer Social Media Manager
Digital Communications Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Sports Copy Editor 5.1 years
Sports Anchor 3.4 years
Sports Producer 3.1 years
Sports Editor 3.0 years
Sports Announcer 2.9 years
Reporter 2.7 years
Sports Writer 2.7 years
Sports Broadcaster 2.5 years
News Reporter 2.5 years
Staff Reporter 2.2 years
Sports Journalist 2.1 years
Freelance Reporter 2.0 years
Sports Reporter 2.0 years
Stringer 1.8 years
Beat Reporter 1.8 years
Sports Analyst 1.7 years
Sports Internship 0.5 years
Top Careers Before Sports Reporter
Internship 18.1%
Reporter 12.5%
Writer 3.5%
Editor 3.3%
Server 3.3%
Columnist 2.1%
Top Careers After Sports Reporter
Reporter 13.9%
Internship 10.0%
Editor 6.8%
Server 3.7%
Writer 3.2%
Producer 2.4%

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Sports Reporter Demographics

Gender

Male

72.2%

Female

20.6%

Unknown

7.3%
Ethnicity

White

66.4%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

5.6%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.1%

French

9.5%

Italian

4.8%

Portuguese

3.6%

German

3.6%

Chinese

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Arabic

2.4%

Cornish

1.2%

Irish

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Bosnian

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Serbian

1.2%

Cherokee

1.2%

Cheyenne

1.2%

Dakota

1.2%

Croatian

1.2%

Tamil

1.2%

Korean

1.2%
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Sports Reporter Education

Schools

University of Missouri - Columbia

8.1%

University of Iowa

7.5%

Arizona State University

7.3%

University of Arizona

6.7%

University of Alabama

5.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.9%

Ohio State University

5.3%

University of Florida

5.3%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Ohio University -

4.9%

West Virginia University

4.7%

Syracuse University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

4.3%

Illinois State University

3.8%

Florida State University

3.8%

Texas State University

3.6%

University of Oregon

3.6%

Bowling Green State University

3.4%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.4%

University of Kansas

3.2%
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Majors

Journalism

39.3%

Communication

24.9%

Kinesiology

4.1%

Agricultural Public Services

4.0%

English

3.9%

Journalism And Mass Communications

3.7%

Public Relations

3.0%

Business

2.8%

Political Science

1.8%

Digital Media

1.7%

Audiovisual Communications Technologies

1.6%

Writing

1.4%

Marketing

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.3%

History

1.2%

Photography

1.0%

Management

0.9%

Law

0.7%

Education

0.7%

Liberal Arts

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

72.6%

Other

12.9%

Masters

10.2%

Associate

1.5%

Certificate

1.3%

Doctorate

1.0%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.0%
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Highest Sports Reporter Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Sports Reporter Chosun Daily News, LLC Duluth, GA May 08, 2016 $48,568
Sports Reporter The Joong-Ang Daily News, Inc. Elk Grove Village, IL Oct 26, 2015 $36,234
Sports Reporter News Korea Texas, Inc. Dallas, TX Dec 05, 2014 $34,000
Sports Reporter The Patriot-News Co. Mechanicsburg, PA Apr 15, 2010 $33,000 -
$40,000
Sports Reporter Fiesta Radio, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Sep 28, 2011 $32,585

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Top Skills for A Sports Reporter

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  2. Student Newspaper
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  • Launched a call-in line where high school coaches could report scores, statistics, and potential news stories about their teams.
  • Contributed to Youngstown State's student newspaper popularity by attending various sporting events, taking newsworthy photographs and creating articles.
  • Pitched story ideas, conducted interviews, researched, and wrote articles featured in the newspaper and online.
  • Hired as prep specialist to help facilitate and grow station's high school sports coverage -- Worked as solo operating unit.
  • Promoted to Sports Director in 1985, Responsible for anchoring sports segment for 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

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