Sports Journalism Program


Sports Journalism Program

The School of Journalism's program in sports journalism is designed to enhance development of writing and reporting skills, knowledge and career opportunities in sports journalism.

Enrollment in the sports journalism courses are available on a first-come, first-served basis for students who meet the course prerequisites.

The sports journalism program is not a separate major or sequence. It may be combined with other degree requirements for the Journalism degree without attempting any additional coursework.

The goal of the program is to go beyond reporting of competition and column writing. It will include ethics, sports as business and entertainment, and the impact of sports on society. Likewise, it will strive to assist participants in making significant improvement in communicating about sports through word and image.

To be certified as successfully completing the program, students must complete a minimum of 12 prescribed hours. They must complete J326F-Reporting Sports or J349G-Sports Journalism and a sports-Journalism related internship in J360F-Internship. The remaining six hours will be from sports-related courses outside of the School of Journalism. Acceptable courses will come from the College of Business and areas such as Advertising, Public Relations, American Studies, English, History, Kinesiology, Physical Education and Social Work when the topic is related in some way to sports. J326F and J349G are a combination of lecture and practical experience.

Each semester, a professional writer, editor, broadcaster, or photographer who specializes in sports coverage will serve as the instructor of the sports journalism classes. Media representatives, coaches, players and media relations specialists will be guest lecturers.

On the practical side, students must complete assignments emphasizing sports that are appropriate to their journalism sequence. The instructor will be available to do mentoring and critique student work.

Upon successful completion of all of the requirements for the Sports Journalism certificate, students should submit an email to their assigned academic advisor in order to obtain their certificate.  Students do not need to request certification until their final semester of study but can submit the request at any time.

For more information, please contact the School of Journalism at 512-471-1845.