Sky Sports News, BBC Sport, West Ham United FC, golf’s European Tour, the Williams F1 team, national newspapers . . . the career path to all these sports media destinations has begun for students on our BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree course in the last few years. Whether you want to go into broadcasting or print sports journalism, or into the press office of a top-end sporting organisation, our NCTJ-accredited course will give you the employability skills you need to work with, and for, the very best in the business.
Year 1 (national level 4):
- Essential Sports Journalism (20 credits)
Develop the essential skills be a sports journalist such as finding a story, doing an interview and producing content that will get people talking.
- Online Sports Reporting (20 credits)
Learn what it takes to make a story work online and develop the skills to be a club journalist.
- Essential Journalism (20 credits)
Essential journalism toolkit – learn what a journalist does and how you can get started. Learn how to interview, structure stories and write.
- Media Histories (20 credits)
Understand the development of newspapers and magazines through the decades.
- Essential Media Law and Regulation (20 credits)
Learn laws such as copyright, privacy and libel along with the ethical regulations which are essential for every professional journalist.
- Digital Storytelling (20 credits)
Develop digital skills for an online audience such as infomaps, graphics and other non-traditional storytelling techniques.
Year 2 (national level 5):
- Advanced Sports Reporting (20 credits)
Learn how to thrive and survive in the pressured world of live match reporting.
- Multimedia Sports Journalism (20 credits)
Develop skills in filming and editing sports video, producing audio and infographics.
- Journalism and PR Studies (20 credits)
What influences how sports journalists work? And how does journalism shape our world? Do some original research on a sports subject of your choice.
- Video Journalism (20 credits)
Develop skills in shooting and editing video content to create compelling sports content for online audiences.
Get published and build your portfolio by finding, researching, interviewing and writing news stories in our state-of-the-art mediaHUB.
Designated optional module (choose one):
- Public Affairs Reporting (20 credits)
Learn some of the crucial knowledge and skills that help journalists scrutinize those in power and hold them to account.
- Design and Editing Skills (20 credits)
Come up with a concept and look for a new sports magazine and design its pages.
Learn Teeline, the system of rapid handwriting, used by journalists to quickly write down the spoken word. Aim for 100 words per minute, the industry standard.
Final year (national level 6):
- Sports Portfolio (20 credits)
Produce content from a sports news-list provided by JPI Media and get published in the Sunderland Echo.
- Journalism Practice, including placement (20 credits)
Create an interactive CV, learn how to win jobs through interview techniques, and gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement. Develop your own sports feature for publication with words, photos and video under real word pressure.
- Media Ethics (20 credits)
Discuss the daily dilemmas and global challenges facing journalists today.
- Journalism Practical Project (40 credits)
Work with a tutor to plan and produce your own sports magazine, website or series of investigative articles.
Optional modules (choose one):
- Broadcast Sports Reporting (20 credits)
Create a broadcast sports package, learn how to present a bulletin or commentate on the action.
Other optional modules from across the suite of Journalism courses are available.