Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sports Journalism Offers Something New Everyday

A sports journalism career will never see two days that are alike. That’s because no two games are the same, players retire and new players demand media attention, championship series make for exciting coverage and employment can be found in magazines, newspapers, online, and in television or radio. Whether the sports journalist goes on to specialize in sports reporting or sports editing, he or she can obtain respected training at Centennial College’s Sports Journalism offering.

Taking just three semesters to complete, this Sports Journalism program is geared at mature students who have already completed a college diploma or university degree in any discipline. As such, applicants must submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of the successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program in any discipline. They must also attend an admission session, during which they will: undergo a resumé review, submit a portfolio (to include a minimum of three pieces of published or unpublished work); and complete a writing test (for applicants who do not have a degree or diploma in journalism). 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.

Once students are accepted, they train for their Sports Journalism career out of Centennial College’s creative hub, The Centre for Creative Communications. This location boasts everything from a TV studio, to large computer labs — essentially offering students everything they need to be prepared for the field. Additionally, as 2010 grad Katelyn Peer tells it, “I would never have gotten so far so fast in the sports media industry if not for the Centennial College Sports Journalism program. Not only do you learn necessary skills for all sides of the business but you are taught by industry leaders who really care about your success and do whatever they can to help advance your career.” Among these necessary skills learned from professionals are: sports writing for print, radio, TV, online and multiplatform media; advanced interviewing techniques; sports beat reporting, statistics and imaging; and sports history, culture and business.

In order to ensure that students are retaining what they learn, the Sports Journalism program offers a variety of approaches, including a combination of classroom lessons and hands-on practice in sports writing and sports editing. As such, in-class Sports Journalism topics include: sports writing and sports experience, sports interviewing and beat reporting, sports in Canada, the sportscast, statistics and research, the business of sports, and many more. Meanwhile, practical practice is achieved through industry field placements that see students work at newspapers, magazines, TV stations, radio stations or online outlets where they obtain clippings and shadow sports journalists. Through their field experience, Sports Journalism students develop a portfolio of published sports journalism stories, photos, videos, podcasts, columns, blogs and Tweets.

Companies that have hired Centennial College Sports Journalism students include: 680 News, Baseball America, CBC Sports, National Post, Sportsnet, TSN, and more.

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