Sportswriters are reporters who cover the news in sports for newspapers and magazines. They research original ideas or follow up on breaking stories, contacting coaches, athletes, and team owners and managers for comments or more information. Sometimes a sportswriter is fortunate enough to get his or her own column, in which the sportswriter editorializes on current news or developments in sports.

Quick Facts
Duties Write about sporting events, athletes, and other sports-related topics; conduct interviews and research
Alternate Title(s) Magazine Sportswriters, Newspaper Sportswriters, Sports Columnists, Sports Reporters, Stringers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with most demand in urban centers
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Journalism
  • Physical Education
Experience Any writing experience helpful
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Writing
Personality Traits
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Syndicated Columnist, or Sports Publicist, or Managing Editor
  • Sports Editor
  • Sportswriter-National Publication
  • Sportswriter-Local Publication
  • Editorial Assistant

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