Turn your passion into a career with a degree in Sports Journalism

Do you love sport? Have a passion for reporting? Fancy a job where no two days are the same? Then Sports Journalism might be just the course for you!

Why study Sports Journalism?

A degree in Sports Journalism can provide you with an array of career opportunities. As BBC Sport and ITV presenter Gabby Logan explains, “Broadcasting isn’t the only aspect of sport journalism to consider. There are lots of other areas that are just as fun and interesting, from print-press and digital news to social media and blogging.” But remember, you are not only limited to these course-specific careers. The transferable skills that you develop during your study will enable you to embark upon less obvious career paths. Why not become an advertising copywriter, information officer, market researcher, multimedia specialist, public relations officer or even a writer?

Why the University of Chester?

Our Warrington Campus is surrounded by a huge selection of national and professional sports to benefit you during your Sports Journalism degree. The campus is located just 20 miles from the national velodrome and Manchester’s swimming complex, within an hour’s drive of nearly half the Premier League football clubs, and in close proximity to several major Rugby League clubs.

Far from being solely centralised on sport, our diverse programme is designed to offer you as much journalism experience as possible, while allowing you to develop your portfolio and establish contacts. During your studies, you will have the opportunity to work within a newsroom atmosphere, produce your very own features, explore electronic media, and develop a wide range of writing and broadcasting skills.

We believe that first-hand experience is the best way to learn, and so we offer an interactive programme that will place you in real-life work situations.

Back in January, former Liverpool and England footballer Rob Jones took a visit to the University of Chester to speak to current Sports Journalism students and to test their on-camera interviewing techniques. Discussing Rob’s visit, programme leader Paul Clark explained how:

“It’s a great opportunity for our students to interview a player of Rob Jones’s calibre. He understands that the students are learning their trade and goes out of his way to help them.”

Further to this, as our Warrington Campus hosts the training facilities for the internationally renowned Warrington Wolves Rugby League Football Club, you can interact with world-class sports professionals on a regular basis!

But, do I really need a degree?

While you might know your who's who in sport, a successful career in Sports Journalism requires a lot more than a love of sport. Due to the competitive nature of the industry, it is essential that you stand out. A point reinforced by Keith Elliot, the Sports Journalists’ Associations training adviser, who explains that in order to secure your dream job, you must first learn core journalistic skills:

“The days of knocking on an editor’s door and getting a job because he (it was always a ‘he’ in those days) liked your nerve are long gone. Editors want people who are immediately useful, rather than enthusiastic amateurs.”

With this in mind, our course has been designed to increase your employability by helping you to gain workplace experience and to develop skills that employers want, including critical analysis, the ability to meet deadlines, and a flexible, creative and independent approach to tasks.

Speaking as part of the Department of Media’s Guest Speaker Series, former Sports Journalism student Dave Powell stressed that the skills he learnt at the University of Chester have proved essential to his successful career, by enabling him to adapt to the demands of an ever-changing industry.

                                                                                                                                   

Since graduating in 2012, Dave has worked for both the Leader and The Chester Chronicle, covering Chester FC, Crewe Alexandra FC, and Cheshire Phoenix basketball team.

 

Visit Us

If you like the sound of Sports Journalism, then why not find out more by taking a look at our website, or visiting us at one of our Open Days?

If you have already applied and received an offer of a place to study at the University of Chester, don’t miss your opportunity to visit us at one of our forthcoming Applicant Days.

If you have any questions, you can email Senior Lecturer Paul Clark at paul.clark@chester.ac.uk or call 01925 534671.