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You can make it in sports media!

There was once a time that you could find sports journalism being written off as a mere “toy department”. However, since sports began beaming on television, the sports sector has achieved immense growth in its relevance and also with the importance of sports media personnel.

When it comes to sports media and journalism, things get slightly more technical than just watching games from the stands or from your television set, or even making sports bets. As a student, you will have to learn about journalism before you can even break into the sports media sector among other necessities you must fulfill. All these could sound impossible but you should not worry. Below are some of the best steps that you should incorporate when getting a leg up into a sports media job:

Read Everything

The best way for you to acquire skills in the sports media arena is by devouring all the greatest works in that sector. The difference between a good sports journalist and an exceptional one all lies in what they listen to over the radio, what they read in the newspapers, what they watch the television and any other activities that help in the polishing of their sports media professionalism.

Before embarking on your journey of reading all the outstanding pieces by great sports media personalities, you should first ask yourself some questions. These include:

  • Who’s better than who in the sports media industry?
  • Why should they be regarded as better?
  • What do they normally do and what could you get to learn from them?

Such questions will serve to set your mind into a better perspective of what you should keep an eye out for in the sports media pieces you will read. By answering these questions after everything you read, you eventually find yourself being able to both appreciate and absorb various techniques and styles from the greatest writers.

This not only assists in influencing your styles of writing, but it also counts in helping your development of an eye for an excellent story. In addition to this, you are able to filter out the newsworthy, juicy bits of the story and can figure out the best way to engage in its pursuit.

Get the Skills

More often than not, you find that the knowledge and skills that are involved in journalism are similar to the ones for sports journalism. However, it is worth noting that out of the many genres of journalism, sports has among the highest rates of getting sued. This is chiefly due to the fact that most sports chairmen have huge sums of money and are also serial litigants.

The above information should serve as a wake-up call for you when in the process of getting a leg up in the sports media job. You should be at the best of your game so that you can attract a lot of traffic for the pieces you write, as well as ensure your work is not subject to a lot of suing.

For you to bring the above into actualization, you must find a way to harness the best of sports journalism skills. First of all, you must have the basic, traditional skills set up your sleeve. They are vital in forging the stepping stones that you will use to enable you to leap into greater heights in your sports journalism career. However, as much as they are vital, they will not be resourceful enough in getting your C.V to stand out in the ever-dynamic modern world of sports journalism.

In light of the above, you should be prompted to know that you must put in more efforts in order for you to acquire skills that have more weight than merely the basic ones. Today’s sports journalism requires you to teach yourself extra skills such as search engine optimization among many others. The old skills are useful but are likely to be phased out in the near future.

In a nutshell, you should ensure that you have developed basic skills before you can advance into the new-age skills. Basic skills such as accuracy, diligence, and speed are what you should form the foundation of your sports media skills, then you compliment them with new skills such as the earlier alluded to search engine optimization skills. The process of acquiring this package of basic skills, old skills, and the new skills is all dependent on you. Be it that you taught yourself in a journalism degree or in a post-graduate sports media course, it does not really matter. What is important is that you find a way to have an exceptional mastery of these skills.

Get the Experience

One of the most vital areas that you should consider when breaking into sports journalism is the acquisition of experience as early as possible. This is because, when looking for a job, there is almost nothing as important as the experience that you’ve gathered from the various works you have been involved in.

Having a CV with valid evidence of your great depth of experience in this field is worth more than gold in sports journalism. You could be applying for the same job with people with journalism degrees or even post-graduate degrees in journalism, but as long as you have more working experience, you will always have an edge over them. This is because it shows that you simply have the best motivation that is required for making an impact in the sports media sector, rather than just papers that could be owned by everyone. A good record of experience is what helps you to stand out!

So the question is raised, how do you get experience and you are just beginning to look for a breakthrough in the sports media world? The answer is quite simple, but still effective at many levels. Pick up your sports journalism experience from everywhere and anywhere. Be it writing student papers, or even helping out for free in your local newspaper’s sports section, do whatever it takes to gain some experience.

In addition to this, whichever place you get some working experience, you should give that job 100% of your effort and time lest someone else replaces you and does it for you. It is highly likely that you could end up not getting a job from your first working experiences. This should not deter your will of breaking into the sports media industry, if anything, it is a huge milestone in your journey towards being a sports journalist. In fact, the more you get work experience, the more you end up meeting more people. The more you know people, then the more you are likely you are to get your feet through the right sports media door.


There are many factors surrounding the success of any journalist and even more factors that determine the success of a sports journalist. The technicalities and skills in the field of sports media have been regarded as some of the toughest requirements that a person in the field of journalism could be required to accomplish.

Whether it is true or not, what remains constant is that you cannot just decide to become a sports media journalist one morning and head out immediately expecting to be successful. The tips above are what will assist you in finding your way into the perfect start into a fruitful sports media career.


According to new reports, Barbara Walters said at a party for her retirement from journalism that she isn’t ready to say goodbye for good.

“Who knows what the future brings?” the news legend asked in her speech.

Barbara Walters interviewed every president and first lady from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama

Barbara Walters interviewed every president and first lady from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama

“Maybe instead of goodbye I should say à bientôt – which in French means <<see you later>>.”

Barbara Walters, 84, spoke at an ABC News party celebrating her six decades in journalism, which included serving as the first woman to anchor a nightly news broadcast.

She said that her first night on the air was a mess. But she added that if she paved the way for other women, she was grateful.

Barbara Walters noted that she had interviewed every president and first lady from Richard and Pat Nixon to Barack and Michelle Obama.

The party, at the Four Seasons restaurant, found celebrities from Woody Allen to Joan Rivers to Michael Douglass milling with news luminaries like Ben Sherwood, the ABC News president.

Barbara Walters joked that she would finally have time to get Botox – and that she would no longer need it, now that is no longer on TV.

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Dear friends,


This morning, 4 western journalists are home safe with their families, the echoes of the horror and heroism of Baba Amr still ringing in their ears. Over 50 Syrian activists, supported by Avaaz, volunteered to rescue them and scores of wounded civilians from the Syrian army’s killzone. Many of those incredible activists have not survived the week.

Abu Hanin is one of the heroes. He’s 26, a poet, and when his community needed him, he took the lead in organizing the citizen journalists that Avaaz has supported to help the voices of Syrians reach the world. The last contact with Abu Hanin was on Thursday, as regime troops closed in on his location. He read his last will and testament to the Avaaz team in Beirut, and told us where he had buried the bodies of the two western journalists killed in the shelling. Since then, his neighborhood of Baba Amr has been a black hole, and we still don’t know his fate.

It’s easy to despair when seeing Syria today, but to honour the dead, we must carry forward the hope they died with. As Baba Amr went dark and fears of massacre spread, Syrians took to the streets — yet again — across the country, in a peaceful protest that showed staggering bravery.

Their bravery is our lesson, the gift of the Syrian people to the rest of us. Because in their spirit, in their courage to face the worst darkness our world has to offer, a new world is being born.

And in that new world, the Syrian people are not alone. Millions of us from every nation have stood with them time and time again, right from the beginning of their struggle. Nearly 75,000 of us have donated almost $3 million to fund people-powered movements and deliver high-tech communications equipment to help them tell their story, and enable the Avaaz team to help smuggle in over $2 million worth of medical supplies. We’ve taken millions of online actions to push for action from the Security Council and the Arab League and for sanctions from many countries, and delivered those online campaigns in dozens of stunts, media campaigns and high-level advocacy meetings with top world leaders. Together we’ve helped win many of these battles, including for unprecedented action by the Arab League, and oil sanctions from Europe.

Our team in Beirut has also provided a valuable communications hub for brave and skilled activists to coordinate complex smuggling operations and the rescue of the wounded and the journalists. Avaaz does not direct these activities, but we facilitate, support and advise. We have also established safe houses for activists, and supported the outreach and diplomatic engagement of the Syrian National Council — the opposition movement’s fledgling political representative body. Much of the world’s major media have covered Avaaz’s work to help the Syrian people, including features on BBC, CNN, El Pais, TIME, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, AFP and many more, citing our “central role” in the Syrian peaceful protest movement.

Today, a dozen more nightmares like that visited on the city of Homs are unfolding across Syria. The situation will get worse before it gets better. It will be bloody, and complicated, and as some protesters take up arms to defend themselves, the line between right and wrong will blur. But President Assad’s brutal regime will fall, and there will be peace, and elections, and accountability. The Syrian people simply will not stop until that happens — and it may happen sooner than we all think.

Every expert told us at the beginning that an uprising in Syria was unthinkable. But we sent in satellite communications equipment anyway. Because our community knows something that the experts and cynics don’t — that people power and a new spirit of citizenship are sweeping our world today, and they are fearless, and unstoppable, and will bring hope to the darkest places. Marie Colvin, an American journalist covering the violence in Homs, told Avaaz before she died, “I’m not leaving these people.” And neither will we.

With hope, and admiration for the Syrian people and courageous citizens everywhere,

Ricken, Wissam, Stephanie, Alice, David, Antonia, Will, Sam, Emma, Wen-Hua, Veronique and the whole Avaaz team

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