If you're a sports fan, a fixture in your Annex condos is a TV screen with your favorite sports reporter's face on it. Sports reporters also work for newspapers and magazines as well as TV networks and many young sports fans dream of one day becoming a reporting icon like their heroes. If you're considering a career in sports reporting, this article should give you a basic idea of where sports reporters come from and what their job duties include.
Some sports reporters do come from inauspicious backgrounds. These are the people who wrote articles on the volleyball team for the school paper and kept score during basketball games. They're the ones who knew which sports players were in for hyperbaric therapy and who was likely to come into his or her own next year. These people went on to study media and broadcasting or journalism in school and were able to secure low totem pole jobs at radio or TV stations and newspapers starting out.
However, many sports reporters and sports commentators are actually professional athletes who have retired from sport. Since sport takes a heavy toll on a person's body, athletes are unlikely to be able to continue to compete past their 30s. At this point, they need a new career. It's too late to train to be a Stouffville optometrist, so many of them put their years of experience and sports knowledge to work for arenas, sports organizations, TV networks, radio stations, and magazines as sports reporters.
Sports reporting takes all kinds. For TV and radio sports reporters, you must be comfortable speaking to an audience and able to articulate your words without too much fumbling or nervousness. You must also have an interest in sports so that it shows in your voice, and enough people skills that you can visit ElementsToronto.com to see where you can interview athletes about their performance and futures. Standoffish or unfriendly reporters will find their requests for interviews denied.
For those who are uncomfortable putting themselves in the spotlight, there's always journalism. Print sports reporters still conduct interviews but they are also able to travel more for work and work freelance for many different magazines or news wires at once. To be a print reporter, you need to have a way with words and be able to sell a Greenwood-Coxwell newspaper on your ideas for articles, so some people skills are still required.
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