Another piece of advice that I want to leave you with is finding out which aspects of the Sports Industry your interests will apply to. I originally went to school for Broadcast, but upon developing my skill-set I now find myself in Corporate Partnerships. By doing some more investigating, you will find that your writing expertise and interpersonal skills are applicable to so much more than just a staff writer for a team. It would be advantageous for you to research how your journalism knowledge will translate to positions in Public Relations, Marketing, Community Relations, etc.
Best of luck, Dylan!
Shea recommends the following next steps:
I would also recommend jumping on LinkedIn if you haven’t already and building your network. Reach out to professionals currently in journalism and seek advice from them. See if you can’t send them some of your work for constructive criticism. Having professionals critique what you have done is a great way to grow and develop.
Lastly, I would recommend taking as many journalism courses as you can’t imagine sure you are already doing this, but these courses are a great way for you to learn the basics of journalism and to get practice.
Great question! I would suggest doing what you can to volunteer in the field. You will be surprised as to how many people you can meet at a volunteer event, whether it is just a one day event or a weekly volunteer opportunity. Do not be afraid to network and make sure you go out of your comfort zone to do so - everyone knows someone. I would also suggest searching for job fairs in your area. These are usually field specific and plenty of people to meet. I would also suggest asking your classmates and teachers if they know of any opportunities for you to get started. The more you put yourself out there, the more options you will find.
Megan recommends the following next steps:
Great question. As a recent Marketing and Sports Management grad, it is important to find resources in the sports community and reach out to individuals on LinkedIn in careers you might be interested in. Experience is the greatest teacher, so be sure to reach out to teams or your athletic department to check-in on internship or shadowing opportunities.
In terms of resources, there is a sports journalism group that was started by a few students at Oregon called The Collaborative that can be found on Instagram at @xcollaborative_ and you can hop on calls with some of the leaders in the industry.
Best of luck!
Dillon recommends the following next steps:
As a graduate of sport management programs in both undergrad and grad school, I think the first step, as many mentioned already, is to build your network. As you'll soon realize, the sport industry is smaller and more tight-knit than you may believe, and it's all about who you know. I suggest reaching out to individuals who are in a position/role you would like to be in on LinkedIn. Always include a personal note and I guarantee people will be willing to help answer questions through the messenger, email, phone or video conference. Do these "informational interviews" regularly and stay in contact with these individuals.
The second step would be to continue to educate yourself. Read a lot of great sport publications to understand what the professionals do and what techniques they use. Maybe even find a few free or discounted online courses in sport/journalism as many schools, even Ivy League institutions, are now offering due to the current situation.
Lastly, while I'm not in the journalism side of the business, I think it is integral to have some sort of portfolio to share with any of the connections you make through LinkedIn or when reaching out to potential employers. Keep a running list of your best content pieces in an easy to share/comprehend format.
Best of luck!