A sports reporter covers one or more sports for a media outlet or other publication. They generally attend sporting events and gather information about the game, statistics, players and other pertinent areas that would be relevant to report to sports fans; they then compile that information and present it to their audience in a print, online, audio and/or video format. It is important for sports reporters to ensure that the information they collect is accurate and interesting to their intended audience. They also generally strive to "break" news, staying in front of a story to report timely information to their audience.
A sports reporter should be prepared to travel to many different locations to cover sporting events and other events, press conferences and interviews. They may need to use video and/or audio equipment to capture interviews, press conferences, training, b-roll footage and other relevant events; in this case, they must subsequently edit footage for presentation on air or online. Sports reports generally work both indoors and outdoors because many sports include some element of outdoor play during games and/or practices.
At least a bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field is generally required for sports reporter positions. Additionally, previous experience covering sports is generally needed as well. Knowledge of video and editing equipment - including editing software - may be required or preferred. Sports reports should have excellent reporting and interviewing skills, and they should be skilled in writing for print, online, audio and/or video presentation.
Sports Reporter Tasks
Become embedded in the sports community to identify and report on sports teams, topics, and players.
Lay out pages and publish stories to the web.
Take photographs, make videos, and create visualizations to accompany text.
Build a strong following on social media, following stories and breaking news.