Sports journalism is a very unique subset of journalism that requires not only writing and editing skills but also a passion for sports and the athletes who compete on local, national and international levels.
At Centennial College’s Sports Journalism program, students are equipped with the knowledge they need to excel in television, radio, film and Internet mediums. Through a balance of theory and practice, students of Sports Journalism earn their Graduate Certificate and go on to work at Sportsnet, 680 News, TSN, CBC Sports, Mississauga News, MLB.com, National Post and many other reputable companies.
The theory-practice balance enjoyed by Sports Journalism students is easily achieved with the help of the facilities in which the program is housed. Known as The Centre of Creative Communications, this campus offers students access to a TV studio, newsroom and large computer labs. Combined, these facilities support students in developing a portfolio — which is essential when applying for jobs — of published sports journalism stories, photos, videos, podcasts, columns, blogs and Tweets.
But what specific Sports Journalism courses are especially beneficial to students? Here are the Top 5:
Sports Interviewing and Beat Reporting: Setting the stage for activities that students will complete in the Sports Journalism program, this class introduces theories and concepts among which are: press conferences, pre- and post-game interviewing, one-on-one interviews, as well as developing a beat.
Sports Reporting: Especially beneficial for those who haven’t had much experience in sports reporting, this course introduces the basic concepts of reporting, writing, ethics and the nature of the reporter’s job.
Total Sports – Stats and Research: An essential part of any sports journalism career, is the reporting of sports statistics. This class introduces students to the type of research methods needed in sports journalism, including how to use that information and stats to understand context.
On-Air Performance: Turning from sports writing and sports editing to the on-air aspect, this course teaches the necessary skills for on-air performance in radio, TV and the Internet, including voice projection, ad lib, working off the teleprompter, studio direction and audio direction.
Sports Observer/ Placement: Using all the skills learned in previous terms of the Sports Journalism program, students put together a pair of large projects. The course is designed for those more interested in pursuing a career in print and online sports journalism. The course finishes with a six-week placement, which allows students to see what it is like in the real world of Sports Journalism, network and apply what they have been taught by their instructors.
Sports Journalism at Centennial College requires its applicants to have successfully completed a post-secondary diploma or degree in any discipline. In addition, they must present their resumé, submit a portfolio, to include a minimum of three pieces of published or unpublished work. It is also worth noting that The Sports Journalism program will consider applicants who present at least two years of post secondary in combination with relevant experience in the field of journalism. These applicants may be required to complete a writing test, which may be waived for applicants with a degree or diploma in journalism.
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