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Sports Journalism Essay

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Sports Journalism
     For my career research paper I have chosen to delve into the world of the sportswriter, and take a closer look at what that occupation may hold for myself. I have chosen to research this form of journalism because I consider myself to be a sports fanatic, and would very much enjoy spending the rest of my working days writing about the conditions in the world of sports. During the last year or so I have taken a period of time everyday to relax and read over sports articles from baseball and football at some of my favorite websites, such as or, or to sit down and watch Sports Center on ESPN. I also seem to have an ability to ...view middle of the document...

I truly believe that sportswriters today have helped me better focus on sports and take a great deal more understanding with me as I watch and study them.
     The sportswriter career has many responsibilities that go along with writing the stories you see in newspapers, magazines, and websites. You must attend or watch all the games you are covering every day/night, and have the article written in time to be printed. Writers are found in their office in the morning, and they have afternoons off unless there is a game or interview that they are supposed to cover. Nights are spent covering an event or interview and then writing the article for it afterwards that night (Heitzman 44). Sports journalism can be a difficult occupation at times, but it can also be very rewarding. To help cover games better writers get tickets for excellent seats at all events they are assigned to, they meet with sports stars and coaches (if they are not a writer in a small town newspaper), and sometimes you travel abroad to cover events (Heitzman 44).
     A sportswriter in a small town newspaper would be one of two employees in the sports section. The other employee is the editor. The small town newspaper sportswriter collects information about local teams and games and writes about them. National stories are often taken from acclaimed papers such as The Associated Press (Heitzman 44). In a larger city’s newspaper, the sports department may have 10 employees. All of these employees have a certain sport that they excel in writing about, such as football, baseball, hockey, basketball, golf, or high school sports (Heitzman 44).
     Sportswriters oftentimes will work odd hours. Writers for morning newspapers will work in the afternoon and evening five days a week including Saturday. That is only if there is a Sunday edition of the newspaper. The writers than have 2 weekdays off. Some reporters are sent along with teams when they go on road trips to continue coverage of that team. Of course, this is even more time consuming as you have to send in the article from where you are staying by computer. Most writers don’t even get to bed until very late at night or very early morning when they are on a road trip (Heitzman 45). Paul Smith, a writer for numerous newspapers, gives this advice to would-be writers: “The romantic bloom comes off the rose early in the profession, but if you stick with it, it has its rewards” (Heitzman 43).
     Many skills are needed to be a sportswriter. If you end up being a writer who interviews sports figures, you would need to have a likeable personality and a good sense of what is going on with that figure and his sport. You are required to have skills in reading comprehension, information and organization, speaking, synthesis or reorganization, information gathering, active listening, and of course writing (Career Zone 2). You need to have an...

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