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Ways to Start a Sports Columnist/Blogging/Reporting Career

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by jgome21, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. jgome21

    jgome21 New Member

    Hi All,

    I am new this site/forum looking to get advice now how to start a career in the sports journalism field. I got a BA in Public Relations from Texas Tech in 2009 and have taken the proper News Writing Classes. Since 2009, I have been stuck in a cubicle procurement job and I'm seeking some change. I've always been a diehard sports fan (Football, Basketball, Soccer) and have started my own blog about a year and a half ago called the Has Beens Sports. I am interested in pursuing sports journalism as a career and wanted advice from professionals on what steps I can take to get closer to my dream job. Besides writing for my own blog, I do not have anything professionally published yet and that is my main goal of this year. Any advice would help. Thanks.

    -Josh G.
  2. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Don't quit your day job.
  3. jgome21

    jgome21 New Member

    lol I'll keep that in mind.
  4. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    No relation.

    Serious question, you write a blog about has-beens?
  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    No advise but lots of questions:

    Have you written about Craig and Adam James in your "Has Beens blog" ?

    Are the cubicles you buy like the ones from Office Space?
  6. jgome21

    jgome21 New Member

    I have a section called the Has Been of the Month to write about certain Has-Beens, but it's mainly just blog I use to write down my sports thoughts/topics and such. Craig James is a D-bag, I don't even have to explain that. Adam, though, had a good season for Tech, placing 2nd team All Big XII. The kid had a rough couple years with the student body hating on him, so to see him play this hard was impressive. And yes, I work in a cubicle just like office space.
  7. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    If you want to make $25K/year in several months, take an unpaid internship at a paper right now.
  8. CA_journo

    CA_journo Member

    On a serious note, maybe talk with a small local paper's sports editor and see if they need any help on a freelance basis on high school stuff. That will get you some professional clips.
  9. dirtybird

    dirtybird Well-Known Member

    Don't use the phrase dream job.
  10. spaceman

    spaceman Active Member

    Learn to do more with less.
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I don't think he was joking.
  12. jgome21

    jgome21 New Member

    I plan on keeping my day job. It's tough out there especially for recent college grads. I got lucky.
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