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Exactly How Fun Is It To Be a Sports Journalist?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by kweonsam, Aug 18, 2014.

  1. kweonsam

    kweonsam New Member

    Everyone wants to be covering the major sports. NFL, MLB, NBA, etc. But covering high schools, and D3 collleges, is the low-paying job still worth it? Is it still a great ride, and very enjoyable?
  2. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    No, not everyone wants to be covering the major sports, or the major leagues. And make no mistake, THOSE can be low-paying jobs, too.

    If it's a great ride or not depends on the person and the individual job situation.
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    Is it a great ride? It's something like this.

  4. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Just cash the checks. You're going to die one day.
  5. albert77

    albert77 Well-Known Member

    I still get enjoyment out of high school sports, and I enjoy the small college and juco games. At age 59, if it wasn't fun I sure wouldn't be doing it for what I make.
  6. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  7. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    I would say that for 99 percent of us, it's as stressful and infuriating as it is fun.

    I remember years back covering a Super Bowl and then sitting on the plane heading home wondering if my name would be called in the upcoming round of layoffs. That's one hell of a roller coaster.

    Is it worth it? My answer is no.
  8. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The games are fun. But games are a small percentage of the gig.

    Oh, and some of the games aren't fun. Ask a beat writer covering a losing team playing out the string or a writer forced to cover youth sports to fill space.
  9. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    As I tell people, it beats a real job. But make no mistake, it still is a job. And after a while the games aren't as fun as they were in the beginning. Can be a real grind after a while.
  10. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    Try covering a 65-win baseball team that is out of the race in early May. I can't imagine there being much worse.
  11. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Let's not forget that you're almost always working when your family and friends are free -- nights, weekends -- so your personal life definitely suffers. I enjoy sports a helluva lot more now that I don't cover them for a living.
  12. RecoveringJournalist

    RecoveringJournalist Well-Known Member

    It took a toll on me. I was glad I was out before I was missing Christmases and birthdays once my kids were born.
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