How to Become a Sports Journalist in Nigeria will enlighten you on all you need to know and do to become a sports journalist.
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A sports journalist is a professional who informs, entertains, or educates people on current happenings in the world of sports. Sports journalists also broadcast or write about sports-related news either on the radio, TV, or print media.
Here are Guides on How to Become a Sports Journalist in Nigeria
To go into sports journalism in Nigeria, you do not necessarily need a degree in communication arts, mass communication, or mainstream journalism.
You might however have to take some quick training in presenting or media writing. What matters most in sports journalism is the passion of the sports journalist for sports.
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The first thing you need to do if you want to go into sports journalism is to decide on the media. Do you want to present sports news on the radio or on TV? Do you want to write about sports in local or international newspapers or magazines?
Do you want to write or present for an all-sports paper or channel? You can choose to write about just one particular sport and not sports in general.
The media you want to write for will determine what preparations you have to make. After deciding on your preferred channel, you need to get the necessary training for sports presentations on such a channel.
If you choose a TV sports presentation, you have to get trained in TV broadcasting. Such training could include:
How to sit or stand in front of the camera
How to articulate your presentation; etc.
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You also have to know whether you will be making live analyses in the course of sports events. You should also get to decide if you will just be reading pre-written sports news without inputting your personal commentary or analysis.
Even with radio sports presentations, you have to undergo some sort of voice training if you are not already in the radio broadcasting service.
To actualize your dream of becoming a sports journalist in Nigeria, you have to apply for such job posts or go auditioning for such roles.
That is if you decide to practice sports journalism under a corporate platform. If you want to write about sports in a newspaper column in Nigeria, you can apply to the editor of such a newspaper or magazine for permission to do so.
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Besides writing about sports in a newspaper, you can own your own sports blog where you bring updates on sports events within Nigeria or around the globe.
Beyond writing the analysis, you can post video clips of spectacular moments in any sports event. Note, however, that being a sports journalist in Nigeria or any other part of the world comes with a load of work.
You must be passionate about sports and be ready to do a lot of research. You have to know the names of key players in the industry.
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But you do not have to be scared. Sports journalism in Nigeria is not an impossible task. Put your mind to it and you will become a popular and renowned sports journalist in Nigeria.