EXW 101 Careers in Sport, Fitness, & Exercise.pdf

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the off-season, although off-seasons still require effort and planning. For example, sportswriters who cover college football and basketball begin their seasons in late July or early August and work steadily through the end of March. In April through June there is still work to do and stories to cover, but hours are usually more regular and there is not as much travel. Writers on general assignment, however, are not seasonal but can remain busy year-round. Others in sport careers might have more of a routine, but this is not typical in the journalism profession. Because news cannot be predicted, journalists must learn to be flexible and always in response mode. According to the Newspaper Guild, a print journalist makes in the range of $50,000 to $80,000 (U.S.) a year depending on the size of the city and the newspa- per. This salary range is similar for full-time online or television sport journalists. Experienced and freelance sport journalists can make significantly more, especially if they also write sport books. Photographers and camera operators can also be employed independently or by a network, media outlet (e.g., Sports Illustrated ), or team. As such, their pay varies widely. An experienced camera operator can make $500 (U.S.) per day, yet often carries his or her own expenses. If employed by a network, they can make $60,000 to $80,000 annually and will probably cover multiple sports and events. What You Will Do Sport journalists and photographers write, capture, or report on games and events or interesting issues related to sport that occur off the field. Thus one part of a journalist’s job is to go on the road and cover events. For example, a journalist or photographer might be assigned to cover the Super Bowl and its ancillary events (practices, fan reactions, team headquarters, etc.), but might also write a story about a player’s family, disharmony among members of a team, or the increas- ing role of religion in sport. Sport journalists also work in television, where they write copy for television sport shows or for sportscasters. Often print journalists are assigned stories by their editors, but some veteran journalists are given more flexibility. Photographers might work with a print journalist to cover a story; they might take their photos independently and have them chosen (by an editor) to complement a written story; or the photos might be chosen independently to stand alone as their own story. Sportwriters spend a great deal of time at events, usually writing their stories as they develop on the court or field. When they are not at events, they spend time on the telephone, e-mailing, and interviewing people to get background, facts, and opinions for their stories. They might call athletic directors, coaches, agents, or
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94 Dixon general managers or talk to sport information or media directors. Sometimes they have to hop on a plane and travel to the source.
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