Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Sports reporting is news reporting. It requires an understanding of sports-specific news values. This subject will introduce you to sports-specific news values through some of the most common forms of reporting in sport, press conference reporting, match reporting, profile pieces and opinion writing. This subject also explores the context in which sports journalists work, focusing on the major changes in the relationship between sports organisations and the media that cover them in the 21st century. In particular, it explores the implications of sports organisations own media platforms and public relations staff on sports journalists' work.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesWeekly lectures and tutorial activities.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Two of JRN1TEJ, JRN1TIN and MAC1WFM, or subject co-ordinators approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply the key fundamentals of professional writing such as correct grammar, punctuation and attribution as they apply to different media styles.
02. Apply sports-specific news values to write sport news pieces, such as a match report and press conference report, to an industry standard level, to deadline.
03. Conduct an interview and create profile style piece using interview quotes and other relevant sources, written to a publishable standard.
04. Apply critical thinking skills to a newsworthy issue to create an opinion piece, that meets industry standards.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Press Conference Report (750 word equivalent) Students will attend a sports press conference and file a report to deadline.

N/AReportIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2

Match Report (1100 word equivalent) Students must watch a match, assigned by the tutor, and deliver a report to deadline.

N/AReportIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO2

Opinion Piece (750 word equivalent Students must write an opinion piece on a newsworthy topic.

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO4

Profile Piece (1100 word equivalent) Students will work in teams to complete an interview and write a profile piece.

N/AOtherIndividualNo30 SILO1, SILO3