If you have a passion for sport and want to work as a sports journalist, this is the degree for you. You will be taught the practical skills needed to record, film or edit for TV or radio. You will learn how to be truly multimedia literate, making the most of social media and designing your own website as well as how to write for sports magazines or newspapers. The legal and regulatory side of the industry will be examined and you will reflect on the ethical considerations of sports coverage. News days form a central part of the course when you work to deadlines, filing sports copy or preparing for broadcast using industry standard equipment. All students also undertake work placements within the sporting industry.
Please see below the 2016 Subject Futures Week video, which highlights just some of the creative industry guests who attended to share knowledge and insights with students about the reality of working and life after university.
Just two miles away from Park Campus and linked by a regular weekday discounted bus service, Avenue Campus has an excellent reputation as an ‘Arts Centre for all’. It boasts theatre performances, exhibitions and its own art gallery, which exhibits work from established artists, students, graduates and University staff.
The campus is equipped with workshops, innovative laboratories and computer-aided design suites. Facilities available include Bassett Lowke Halls of Residence with various room options available to suit all budgets, the Students’ Union, student bar, restaurant and nightclub.
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An average week is a combination of lectures, seminars and a practical newsday which usually totals 16 hours of contact time per week. A news day lasts from 9am-5pm once a week. Practical work is project-based with students writing and sub-editing newspaper and magazine sports copy, producing radio and television sports bulletins with reports and packages to industry standards and deadlines.
This programme is taught using a variety of methods including news days, lectures, seminars, personal tutorials and through masterclasses led by professional practitioners in journalism.
Students are encouraged to undertake their work experience wherever they like, including abroad. Opportunities may arise for students to be involved in some international filming projects travelling to India.
Assessment methods include the compilation of practical portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, practical projects and written examinations and timed tests.
Facilities and Special Features
- A dedicated newsroom and digitally equipped radio and television studios
- Solid introduction to professional production practice
- Strong relationships with a wide variety of industry partners, including local and national papers and the BBC and ITN
- Close relationship with local sports clubs including Northampton town Football Club, Northampton Saints Rugby Club and Silverstone
- An active visiting speaker programme with past guests including John Inverdale, Nick Hoult, Dan Roan and David Croft
- Cross platform approach to content and skills
- A professional portfolio showing examples of magazines, TV and radio reports and broadcasts and published web content.
- Andrews P (2011) Sports Journalism: A Practical Introduction. Sage Publications
- Boyle R (2006) Sports Journalism: Context and Issues. Sage Publications
- Evans, H and Crawford G (2000) Essential English for Journalists. Pimlico
- Hanna M and Dodd M (2016) McNae’s Essential law for Journalists 23rd Edition. OUP Oxford
- Steen, R (2014) Sports Journalism. A Multimedia Primer. Routledge
- Toney, J (2012) Sports Journalism. The Inside Track. Bloomsbury Sport
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is 280 UCAS points. Applicants also need an A-Level or equivalent in English or a humanities subject. International students must have IELTs of 7.5. Where this is not the case, applicants must be prepared to register on a pre-sessional English language course run by the university. For more information on fees and funding, please visit our webpage.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,300 per 20 credit module|