Sports Journalism Essay

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Sports Journalism
For my career research paper I have chosen to delve into the world of the sportswriter, and take a closer look at what that occupation may hold for myself. I have chosen to research this form of journalism because I consider myself to be a sports fanatic, and would very much enjoy spending the rest of my working days writing about the conditions in the world of sports. During the last year or so I have taken a period of time everyday to relax and read over sports articles from baseball and football at some of my favorite websites, such as or, or to sit down and watch Sports Center on ESPN. I also seem to have an ability to remember statistics and rosters of players and
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Writers are found in their office in the morning, and they have afternoons off unless there is a game or interview that they are supposed to cover. Nights are spent covering an event or interview and then writing the article for it afterwards that night (Heitzman 44). Sports journalism can be a difficult occupation at times, but it can also be very rewarding. To help cover games better writers get tickets for excellent seats at all events they are assigned to, they meet with sports stars and coaches (if they are not a writer in a small town newspaper), and sometimes you travel abroad to cover events (Heitzman 44).
A sportswriter in a small town newspaper would be one of two employees in the sports section. The other employee is the editor. The small town newspaper sportswriter collects information about local teams and games and writes about them. National stories are often taken from acclaimed papers such as The Associated Press (Heitzman 44). In a larger city’s newspaper, the sports department may have 10 employees. All of these employees have a certain sport that they excel in writing about, such as football, baseball, hockey, basketball, golf, or high school sports (Heitzman 44).
Sportswriters oftentimes will work odd hours. Writers for morning newspapers will work in the afternoon and evening five days a week including Saturday. That
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