Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Sport journalists are required to write a variety of stories for a variety of mediums. In addition to previews and match reports, the sport journalist must be able to write about the politics of sport, report on sports stars involved in judicial or legal hearings, write about the personal lives of sports stars in feature stories and write opinion pieces on issues involving sport and its participants. Print journalists will find themselves being asked to contribute to radio and television broadcasts and this subject will offer further opportunities to become proficient at reporting on those mediums. This subject will build on prior learning of the 'mechanics of journalism,' such as the inverted pyramid; types of sources; and different approaches and techniques, whilst giving the student exposure to realistic settings such as a television live cross or media conference.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Lowden

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites JRN1WFM - Writing for the Media or by approval by ABJS coordinator.


Incompatible subjects JRN3SRP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core subject for ABJS & elective for ABJ. Available as an elective subject to ABA major in Journalism and a compulsory subject to ABA minor in Sport Journalism.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Lowden

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
400 word article (match report)10
400 word article (opinion piece)10
400 word article (preview piece)10
400 word sport news article (media conf)10
800 word feature article20
Quiz (2 x 200 word equivalent)10
TV Live Cross (600 word equivalent)15
TV Live Cross or Sport Commentary (600 word equivalent)15