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What are the education requirements for a sports broadcaster?

I am interested in becoming a sports broadcaster, but I don't know if there are requirements to the job. What should I major in in college? Should I do internships to get experience? What pre-requisites are encouraged or required? #sports #sports-management #sports-marketing


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Kim’s Answer

When deciding on your education make sure you pick a place that has a good training program.  At a college it is important that you get hands on experience in a control room, studio and editing.  It is key that you take courses that are relevant in your field.  Writing and public speaking are a good foundation for a career as a sports broadcaster.  Journalism, broadcast communications and sports management are good courses to take during your education.  Also use your networking skills to make connections in the industry.  They will be very helpful in finding a job after graduation. 


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Brandon’s Answer

I would look for a college with a specific Journalism degree. A lot of schools offer general Communications as a option but those classes for that degree will not help you has much as a specific Journalism school. While you are in college I would recommend getting as involved in the local college TV station as you can whether that is part of a Journalism class or on your own time. When you gradate you should have a tape or website link with some of your college station on-air work so potential employers can look at it. Typically broadcasters right out of college will have to work in small towns, making low money for a few years to get started. After that, once you hone your craft, you can work your way up to bigger markets until you get somewhere you like and want to stay. Any internships in TV where you can work on your writing and producing skills would be best and a general knowledge of production will always be beneficial. Pre-requisites for a broadcasting job usually require some sort of Journalism/Broadcasting degree as well as on-air experience (with bigger markets being preferable).


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