According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 1,500 institutions in the United States that offer journalism or communications programs. In 2007, Professor Marie Hardin of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism (Penn State) estimated that over 40% of these colleges and universities offer a sports journalism component, whether it is a certificate, minor or major option or courses. She credited this to the rapid growth and popularity of sports in the news and other forms of media.
Navigating through the numerous Sports Journalism Schools & Programs may seem overwhelming. But we have done some of the work for you. Consult our list of recommended journalism schools to find campus or online programs that fit your geographic location, schedule and career goals. You can request information and ask to speak with a direct representative from each school to see if their program fits your needs.
Sports Journalism Programs
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most employers prefer prospective journalists of any kind of to have a minimum of a Bachelors degree along with previous relevant experience. Sports Journalism Programs at the undergraduate or Bachelors level may involve a major, minor or extension (such as an additional certificate program) as part of a journalism, mass media or communications degree. Depending on the school you select, the concentration may be called “sports media”, “sports journalism”, “sports communications” or other related terms.
If you already have a Bachelors degree but would like to specialize in sports journalism, expand your career and work for more prestigious forms of media, you could complete a Masters or additional certification in Sports Journalism. Graduate work will also open up opportunities if you wish to research, teach, direct, produce or market/advertise within the realm of sports media.
Sports Journalism Schools & Programs offer opportunities to complete experiential and valuable internships and courses are often taught by experienced sports journalists. You will have opportunities to write, research, report, broadcast, film, edit and cover sports events with future fellow colleagues.
Sports Journalism Colleges
Consult our list of journalism schools to see which ones offer sports journalism majors, minors, courses, certificate programs or graduate degrees. Sports Journalism Colleges generally require students to have a high school diploma or GED; be prepared to send in your high school and SAT transcripts. Before declaring a sports journalism major, minor or concentration, often institutions require a minimum GPA (which varies from school to school) from your introductory undergraduate courses. In some cases, sports journalism programs only admit a set number of students. To stand out from the pool of applicants, having previous experience, particularly related to sports writing, reporting or communications, will be a strong asset.
Online Sports Journalism Programs
According to the BLS, along with small broadcast stations and small publications, online media (such as e-magazines, e-newspapers and established websites/blogs) are projected to provide the most opportunities for journalists. Attending sports journalism schools & programs online can help prepare you to work in such a thriving form of media. Online programs also provide you with convenience, allowing you to study at a location and time that fits your current lifestyle. You can choose to hold down a job, take care of your family or pursue extra relevant reporting/writing/interviewing experience, while completing a sports journalism program online.