Being a sports writer is one of the best types of writing. It’s very lucrative, and it can be very fun for the person doing the writing, especially if sports is their passion. If you grew up having a passion for sports and would love to make a career out of it without becoming an athlete, here a few steps you can take before becoming a sports writer.
It’s always a good idea to get a degree in journalism if you want to make a career out of it. You have the choice of getting a degree in journalism or you can be more specific with it and choose sports journalism. When you start writing professionally, magazine and newspaper companies will see that you’re serious about writing and not someone who just wants to show up and write about your favorite game or athlete.
You should definitely have some knowledge of the sport, and it’s always best if you’re knowledgeable in more than one sport. You should learn about its history, past and present players, past and present games, how each sport is played, its rules, and it’s even a good idea to learn about, not only professional sports and players, but amateur as well. There’s so much more you can have under your belt if you become an expert on these things and more. The more you know, the better your writing will be.
Any journalist has to have their own writing style, so try to make your articles unique, in a way that stands out differently from other journalists. If it helps to study different journalists’ writing styles just to get an idea on what you can do, then do so, just as long as you don’t copy off of that style. That’s never a good idea for any writer.
Most companies in any industry want you to have experience. What makes this difficult is getting experience when companies refuse to give you a chance. A way to fix that is for you to start your own blog or website. This way you can demonstrate your skills and your knowledge in your own unique way. And you can even start your own fanbase by sharing your work on social media websites.
Of course, you can also begin writing for your school paper while you’re still attending school, but in my opinion, having your own site will be more beneficial. You’ll have something solid to show different companies that you’re the real deal when it comes to sports writing. When you do get in good with a company you can start at an entry level position, as most people do until they are well established. Doing some freelance is another good bonus for you to gain experience.