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Become A Sports Reporter

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Working As A Sports Reporter

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $65,530

    Average Salary

What Does A Sports Reporter Do

Sports Reporters gather appropriate information for writing and sharing sports news. They attend sporting events and interview sports personalities, such as athletes and coaches.

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 Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    76.3%
  • Female

    22.0%
  • Unknown

    1.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.3%
  • Asian

    5.4%
  • Unknown

    1.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    54.5%
  • French

    10.6%
  • Italian

    6.1%
  • German

    3.0%
  • Arabic

    3.0%
  • Cornish

    1.5%
  • Irish

    1.5%
  • Hindi

    1.5%
  • Chinese

    1.5%
  • Portuguese

    1.5%
  • Bosnian

    1.5%
  • Hebrew

    1.5%
  • Serbian

    1.5%
  • Japanese

    1.5%
  • Cherokee

    1.5%
  • Cheyenne

    1.5%
  • Dakota

    1.5%
  • Croatian

    1.5%
  • Tamil

    1.5%
  • Korean

    1.5%
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Real 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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Top Sports Reporter Skills

  1. Sports Coverage
  2. Feature
  3. Sports Segment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed area sports coverage for a community that included nine high schools and one junior college.
  • Field Reported for every home game and produced multiple feature stories on the athletes themselves.
  • Promoted to Sports Director in 1985, Responsible for anchoring sports segment for 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.
  • Cover local high school events, including Football, Cross Country, Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer and Volleyball.
  • Live tweeted games and used Twitter to promote the Battalion.

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