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 ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Leadership and Teamwork

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), 2020, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMerryn Sherwood

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
Press Conference Report (750 word equivalent) Students will attend a sports press conference and file a report to deadline.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
Match Report (1100 word equivalent) Students must watch a match, assigned by the tutor, and deliver a report to deadline.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2
Opinion Piece (750 word equivalent Students must write an opinion piece on a newsworthy topic.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO4
Profile Piece (1100 word equivalent) Students will work in teams to complete an interview and write a profile piece.N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO3