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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 Active 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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