How to Select a Sports Journalism School
Schools may offer a sports journalism concentration as part of a bachelor's or master's degree program. Students will need to assess their academic path and pursue the sports journalism concentration at either the undergraduate or the graduate level.
Consider the following when searching for a sports journalism program:
- Schools with student-run newspapers, television stations, and radio broadcasts offer valuable work experience opportunities
- Students can inquire as to the school's internship opportunities and relationships with local media companies since experience in practicing sports journalism is an important consideration for employers after graduation.
- Look for sports journalism schools with well-known sports teams and programs.
Sports Journalism Program Overviews
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Sports journalism majors can expect to take many courses dealing with media relations, mass communications and media production. Courses covering the athletic aspects of sports, like kinesiology, will be offered as well. A typical 4-year bachelor's degree program in journalism with a concentration in sports journalism also includes the following types of courses:
- Sports ethics
- Article writing
- Psychology of sports
- Event management
In addition to course requirements, students may need to fulfill internship requirements.
Master's Degree Programs
Entrance into a master's degree program in sports journalism usually requires a bachelor's degree in a related field, in this case journalism or communications. If the program is highly competitive, then having sports journalism experience can benefit applicants.
A master's degree program in sports journalism will examine sports and its impacts on society from a sociological perspective. The business and economics of sports, the role of sports in the education system and the mass psychology of sports are studied and researched. Programs typically last two years. Courses could include:
- Sports broadcasting
- Online sports journalism
- Journalism research
Master's degree students typically need to complete a professional reporting project, and they may have opportunities to participate in internships as well.
10 Schools with Sports Journalism Programs
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year, Public|
|Pennsylvania State University - Main Campus||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University - Bloomington||4-year, Public|
|University of Maryland - College Park||4-year, Public|
|University of North Texas||4-year, Public|
|California State University - Northridge||4-year, Public|
|Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis||4-year, Public|
|Webster University||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Utah State University||4-year, Public|
|Marshall University||4-year, Public|