Undergraduate study
Sport Journalism

BA (Hons) Sport Journalism

UCAS code: P505 BA/SJ

Whether you’re passionate about covering Premier League football, the Olympics, Formula One or netball, our BA (Hons) Sport Journalism degree equips you with the skills to build a career in one of the most competitive areas of the media.

Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

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Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

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  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639

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Delivered by professional journalists with top-level experience in TV, radio, print and online, you learn how to file a match report and interview leading athletes, as well as analysing the social, political and economic aspects of the global sport industry. Our practical multimedia and academic ethos means you will be equally comfortable working
with words, pictures or audio across all platforms, including social media. Alongside this you develop your critical skills to tackle key questions such as doping, corruption and equality in sport.

You learn by doing, building an impressive portfolio of published work, and have the opportunity to report on live football at Middlesbrough FC.

In Year 1 you learn the basic tools needed to start producing quality journalism that is both ethically and legally sound. You go on to develop a deeper understanding of the work of a sport journalist and explore your own interests.

In the final year you take a leading editorial role in content creation for the Tside, our unique multimedia platform which includes a website, social media channels, print publication, TV and radio show, whilst drawing on your existing sports skill set to build your own sport journalism digital business.

This course is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This means that you study for your professional (pre-entry) qualifications alongside your degree, with no additional tuition charges. The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism allows you to work in any field of journalism

Professional accreditation

National Council for the Training of Journalists logo This degree is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). This means that you study for your professional (pre-entry) qualifications alongside your degree, with no additional tuition charges.

The NCTJ diploma is a vocational qualification that is widely recognised and highly valued by journalism employers.

Research by the NCTJ in 2015 found that 96% of those who pass its diploma at the ‘gold standard’ level were in work 6-10 months after completion, the overwhelming majority in a journalism-related job.

Candidates are expected to enter all the NCTJ’s mandatory exams in reporting, essential public affairs, essential media law and shorthand, and to complete the multimedia portfolio.

Year 1 gives you all the tools you need to start producing quality journalism that is both ethically and legally sound. You work on the Tside website to develop skills producing quality written, audio, video and social media content.

In Year 2 you develop a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of the work of a sports journalist, and are given the opportunity to explore your own interests through a series of multimedia news days.

In the final year you take a leading editorial role in content creation for the Tside brand whilst drawing on your existing sports skillset to build your own journalism digital brand. You develop your entrepreneurial abilities to explore ways of monetising your ideas - focusing on the content you love to create.

Examples of these digital sport projects include:

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Digital Portfolio

Refine your production and editorial skills as you discover how to use Twitter or Facebook to promote your work with key audiences. This module reveals how journalists gather, communicate and disseminate information in dynamic ways in emergent fields and technologies.

Law and Regulation for Journalists

This module gives you the legal and ethical training required to practice as an effective, professional journalist. You learn about the judicial process and areas such as contempt, defamation, sexual offences, youth courts, inquests, copyright, privacy and ethics. You will also work towards your NCTJ Essential Law and Court Reporting exams.

Professional Working

Preparation for your future career begins in your first year at Teesside. You learn how to market yourself to media employers whilst participating in live newsdays alongside second and third-year students.

Reporting

Develop the core journalistic skills of news reporting and news gathering. Your focus is on learning different styles of writing, interviewing and research techniques whilst developing industry-level production skills and exploring usability and design for news audiences. You also work towards your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Reporting exam.

Sound and Vision

How can audio and video be used to tell compelling multimedia stories online? You learn how to record audio and video to a professional standard. With an emphasis on learning by doing, you are shown how to shoot and edit as well as writing for broadcast media.

Sport and Society

You examine the role of sport in its wider historical, social, political and cultural contexts. You consider how sport journalism represents class, gender and race and discuss critical issues in relation to a variety of sporting activities.

 

Year 2 core modules

Digital Sport Reporting

Develop the key skills to excel in sports journalism and to understand the context in which specialist digital reporters operate. You consider the use of social media and live blogging at matches, fan interaction and the ethics of sports journalism.

Journalism (Issues and Debates)

Why is celebrity so popular? What is the impact of citizen journalism? How are terrorist groups using social media? You explore a range of theoretical perspectives on news and journalism.

Journalism for Digital and Social Media

Explore ways of writing and communicating with audiences incorporating social media optimisation and the principles of branding and non-linear storytelling. You considers the dynamics of user experience by building web development skills for open source journalism platforms. You also work on producing quality video packages for online and TV and your NCTJ video journalism exam.

Multimedia News

Produce short-form video and audio news bulletins and packages to professional broadcast standards using the latest media technology.

Power of Sport

Sport is more than just a game. It is big news and big business. Sport journalism is one of the fastest growing sectors of the British media industry. This module digs beneath the surface of match reporting and explores the theoretical debates surrounding sport, the media and society.

Professional Development 2

Develop your employability skills as you undergo training for job interviews and selection processes whilst finding out about the media from a broad range of industry experts. You also learn shorthand as part of this module.

Shorthand

You learn Teeline shorthand – a system of speed writing, proficiency at which is regarded as a pre-requisite for employment by many editors.

 

Final-year core modules

Advanced Professional Practice

Teesside University takes employability seriously and this module enables you to broach the gap between university and the workplace by preparing you for interview and job selection processes. As a third-year student you take on the role of editor for the print publication, TV news programme, and Tside radio show.

Entrepreneurial Journalism

You examine how to monetise your skills and launch your own online magazine business. It teaches you about marketing and promotion by developing a professional new media publishing plan and proposal of your own.

Multimedia Sport Journalism Project

The end-of-programme project empowers you to set up your own multimedia sport website. Working in a group you can demonstrate the high-quality of your journalistic and content creation skills whilst showcasing your understanding of branding, usability, social media and search engine optimisation. You reflect on your experience in a research essay examining the project.

 

and two optional modules

Celebrity Culture

From Kim Kardashian to David Beckham you explore the concept of celebrity and its relationship with the media. The focus is on celebrity as a cultural fabrication and how modes of representation have come to define celebrity culture in contemporary culture.

Digital Magazines

Discover how to excel in magazine feature writing in the digital age producing content on a range of topics including fashion, beauty and music. You build contacts with commissioning editors and learn to pitch multimedia lifestyle features across the magazine industry.

Global Futures

Research an area or development within digital communication or journalism and help predict future trends and directions in a global industry which is the midst of huge change.

Long Form Storytelling

You learn how to structure and produce an extended piece of audio or video news journalism for broadcast using the latest narrative structures and storytelling techniques.

Media, Money and Power

From the shock of Brexit to the triumph of Trump you understand how to cover top political and economic stories. This module provides a power map of Britain and the wider world - focusing on some of the most compelling debates in contemporary journalism.

Public Relations

What is a brand? How do you build a campaign to promote a product or service? Journalism and public relations share common skills, using multimedia to tell stories that grab attention. You learn how to put together your own compelling multimedia PR campaign working with a partner from industry.

Your Media Future

Focusing on a career in the media and the creative industries, this module helps you look at how you make your way in the outside world as a self-sufficient media professional, perhaps as a freelance blogger or a self-employed media researcher.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

A full range of the latest digital resources, software and digital recording equipment supports the newsroom environment. Independent and student-centred learning are encouraged in addition to taught sessions with staff.

The ideas that underpin modern journalism are examined through a series of issues and debates considered in a series of illustrated lectures and seminars where there is opportunity for lively discussion.

The core learning, teaching and assessment tool for practical journalism is the Tside website which enables you to produce real content for a publicly facing platform. You also create your own digital platforms supported by the University an enabling you to develop open source web development skills.

Work created as part of assessment builds a professional portfolio of content, which you are able to take out into industry and show perspective employers.


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Career opportunities

Graduates have progressed to cover sport for Sky Sports and BBC Tees. Work experience is integral to this programme. We have long established contacts across regional and national media, including The Gazette, Sky Sports News and i newspaper, as well as with partner sports organisations including Middlesbrough FC, Hartlepool United FC and Tees Valley Sport.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points from at least three A levels (or equivalent) – one must be in an appropriate discipline.

Applicants are normally invited for interview. The purpose of the interview is to determine each applicant's potential to succeed and assist in the setting of appropriate entry conditions matched to their personal circumstances and the demands of the course. The interview also enables candidates to see our excellent facilities, and meet staff and students. Each applicant will normally receive an individualised offer following their interview.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Course information

Full-time

  • Length: 3 years

More full-time details

Part-time

  • Up to 6 years

More part-time details

  • Daytime
  • Enrolment date: September
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639

Contact details

Further information