General presentation of the profession
A Sports Journalist must report and comment on the sporting event they are attending while it is taking place, with a critical journalistic view before being accepted (radio, television, web, news agencies). They are connoisseurs of the sporting world: history (clubs, athletes, managers, referees, etc.), developments, regulations and sports records. They must combine passion and lucidity. The profession also has the advantage of working closely with celebrities.
The keys to success in this job
Being precise, clear, simple and responsive to match events: both orally and in written form. Oral fluency and a sense of the improvisation are essential when reporting live. The supply of content with the contribution of statistics (data) are now required. Accepting numerous business trips.
Excellent editorial content. Excellent diction and fluency in oral expression. Both good general and sports knowledge. Informing before judging. Adaptability and being up to the challenge. Controlling emotions and too personal reactions. Knowing how to make small talk during cuts or technical problems. English recommended.
Print, television, digital, radio (international, national and regional). Agencies developed on YouTube and the internet to cover sports that are not accessible on major channels. Mixed profession between journalism and communication/promotion (clubs).
In addition to the piecework rates often present at the start, the initial gross annual salary starts at €1,800, with adjustment variables according to the notoriety and organisation (club TV channel or others).