With India hosting a slew of sporting events like commonwealth games, IPL and Hockey, world cup, the demand for the sports journalist is on rise.Almost all the newspapers, news channels, radio, magzines and sports portals have a need for good and well trained sports journalists. There are many Journalism Colleges in India that provides the best journalism course in India.
Also since we are a cricket crazy nation, sports journalist are always on demand. Sports reporting involves going to games or sporting events and venues, mixing with the players or competitors, then reporting it to an audience who want to know what happened on the field and also behind the scenes or in the locker room. You would have to conduct interviews, prepare features, write match reports and reviews and submit your work to editors.
Skills: Besides a degree in journalism and good writing and communication skills, the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines are the most required qualities of sports journalists. Sports journalism is highly specialised and requires specialist knowledge, but the disciplines and practices employed by a sports journalist do not differ greatly from those of a standard journalist. A good sports journalist is the one who can investigate information given by sportsmen and authorities. They have to undertake research to provide background information for articles, assess the suitability of reports and articles for publication or broadcasting, within an established style and format, and edit if needed.
Tips to succeed: If you want to survive in this competitive field, you need to have the powers of self-expression, observation, accuracy, patience, tact and an eye for news. You must be passionate about sports. You need to be resourceful, willing to travel and to work under pressure and irregular hours. Stamina is required, as is confidence, great curiosity and the ability to put people at ease.
Institutes offering courses in Sports Journalism
1) Lakshmibai National University of Physical Educatio
2) Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai (www.xaviercomm.org)
3) Times School of Journalism, New Delhi (http://www.tcms.in/times_school_journlism.html)
4) Lakshmibai National University of Physical Education, Gwalior (www.lnupe.gov.in
5) Asian College of Journalism, Chennai (www.asianmedia.org
6) Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, Bhopal (www.mcu.ac.in)
Career Opportunities: You can work as a reporter, sub editor, freelance sports journalist, sports writer, match reporter and sports columnist. You could also be an anchor on chat shows or sporting events. Sports journalists could also get involved in writing, producing popular books on a range of sporting topics, including biographies, history and investigations.