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Advice for a future in Sport Journalism

Discussion in 'Journalism Forum' started by True-blue-8, May 18, 2015.

  1. True-blue-8

    True-blue-8 New Member

    Hi there, i'm Jimi and an 18 year old from South Wales. All my life I've had a passion for sport, especially football and motorsport and a love for the topic of English.

    In September I will (hopefully) be studying for my English degree at university. A career in sports journalism is what I am aiming for, as I can combine all my hobbies together and financially support me and my racing. I'm hoping to take up a small article job online for some small cash.

    Maybe it's rare to see a young 'wannabe' male around here, but I was hoping I could get opinions on professionals or those who know what they're talking about, and suggest ways I can improve, or if I should just drop the whole idea. :p


    My first attempt at an article I hoped was written professionally enough.


    Many thanks, Jimi :)



    EDIT - Very sorry if this is the wrong place for this thread.
     
  2. fad460

    fad460 New Member

    I have done proof reading before. The article is impressive. Very nicely written. You just need to work on the sentence structure a little more.

    Best of luck :)
     
  3. Lupita

    Lupita Member

    Appears fine on first glance - well done for getting it out there! Agree with the point by fad about sentence structure though. I trip up on sentence two (even though the inital few words are fine). There was advice on FreelanceUK's front-page about sports journalism recently, although you now seem past the early stage that the questioner was asking about:
    http://www.freelanceuk.com/news/4690.shtml

    Good luck!

    _
    Moore News Ltd - expert care for your editorial needs.
     
  4. Michaelg123

    Michaelg123 New Member

    Hi Jimi,

    I really like your work and would lI've you to write for my website. Is this of interest?

     
  5. edw2016

    edw2016 New Member

    Hi Jimi,

    For taking your first steps into sports writing, I would take advantage of going into the business while at University. This gives you the chance to get some work on blogs so then you can build up your portfolio. It may have to be free writing to start with, but it's worth it during those early stages. Then you can move up to getting hold of some paying clients. There are a range of sites where you canfind freelance work that pays well, so that would be a good step after that. Then, once you're finishing University, you could possibly take NCTJ exams so then you can work at newspapers and magazines. Hopefully by the end of uni, you should have an impressive CV to make breaking into the professional sports writing industry easier.

    Hope this helps!
     
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  6. True-blue-8

    True-blue-8 New Member

    Apologies for my absent. I have been busy with uni (doing a degree journalism) so hope everyone is well and many thanks for the advice :)
     
  7. tonymac84

    tonymac84 New Member

    Nicely written, I can point you to a few websites that accept one-off posts that will help to raise your profile if you like...
     
  8. Louisa

    Louisa New Member

    Hello Jimi,

    I also liked your work and would like to invite you to work for our site.

    Are you interested?

    Best,
     
  9. True-blue-8

    True-blue-8 New Member

    Hi Louisa

    Sorry for the delay in response. Would be happy to consider. Drop me an email at jimiller99@aol.com and we can talk.

    Thanks
     
  10. Dougmorrison

    Dougmorrison Member

    Hi,

    Nice article, I agree with everyone else that guest posting on other sports related blogs. But I would also advise you to get your blog with samples of your work and contact details so should anyone need your services or want to get in tough then they can do this directly.

    Just my two cents.
     

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