Saturday, September 25, 2021

What Is The Future Of Sports Journalism?

We are living in a country where sports are religion and people  are  crazy  about it.  The last two decades have seen massive dynamic changes where several sports other than cricket like hockey, chess, kabbadi, and badminton have gained  the  momentum.  If  you  are  passionate about sports then the article is a treat for you. 


The parameter of sports journalism is wide and covers all aspects of specific sport   through various modes like newspapers, Internet, magazines, and radio. Popular  media houses,  big sponsorship companies, and enormous audience involved have resulted in making the sports industry grow massively. Various sports are rising in terms of development and  progression. Introduction of Indian Premier League (cricket),  Indian  Super  League  (football)  and  Pro Kabbadi League (Kabbadi) with the involvement of high scale  players  the  sports  industry has grown immensely. Thus the need of qualified  personnel  who  can  cover  the  news  are required.


Types of courses for careers in sports Journalism:

Sports journalism courses are available in different formats in India. The courses that are in high demand in the country are as follows:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. PG Diploma Program
  3. Master’s degree program
  4. PG Certificate programs
  5. Phil and Ph.D. programs


Top 10 colleges to study sports journalism in India:

Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore

Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune

Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi.

Christ College, Bangalore

School of Communication, Manipal

Delhi College of Arts and Commerce, New Delhi

Indraprastha College for Women, New Delhi

Kishinchand Chellaram College

Kamala Nehru, New Delhi

Madras Christian College


Career Prospects and types of roles in Sports Journalism:


Sports Editor

The sports editors are journalists are seniors in the profession. They assign and edit stories on sports and athletes.  He  needs  to  maintain a  professional  network  with  writers  and journalists in the fraternity  and  assign  the job  to reporters  to cover the story. They work closely with marketing and sales department of the media house.

Sports Writer

The person who writes features and article that comes across several media outlets like ESPN, Cricbuzz, Cricinfo, and sports columns in the newspapers is called sports writer. People who have skill and knowledge are hired to write opinionated pieces whereas the beginners are given the job of writing fact based materials for the audience. TV cannels   also require formulating a script for the show or provide interesting content for the sports industry.


Sports Reporter

The sports reporter travels to different venues where sports events are being organized. They need to collect information and cover the live events and record it for future reference. They interview the players, coaches, and sponsors.


Sports Anchor

Like any other TV or radio show host, a sports anchor is in charge of reporting sports-related news and stories to the audience on screen. The anchors need to present themselves as strong personality and have knowledge of the languages like English and Hindi.


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