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15 Ways to Be a Sports Writer

By Edited Aug 25, 2016 0 1

Let's get the first one out of the way: Go to journalism school, graduate and start working for a publication as a sports writer.

Now, for those of us who have another career, are pursuing another career path, are still in school, or simply want to earn some or all of our living from our passion for sports and writing, let's explore some further ways. Not every way entails covering an event, team or personality and then writing a sports article. In fact, most will explore other ways.

Here are the remaining 14 ideas for ways to be a sports writer (in no particular order). Each has suggestions for establishing an income stream, or the revenue method is readily apparent. I hope you find some that pique your interest.

2. Start a blog about your favorite team, brand of sports equipment, player, sports town, etc.

3. Contact a pro team(s), and inquire about writing content for their website.

4. Start a niche sports site and promote a product as an affiliate.

5. Bid on short term sports writing jobs on sites like Elance.com.

6. Make screen cast reviews of sports related sites,  highlight the things they're doing right, point out some things that could make their content better and send the reviews to the site owner.  Offer to help them improve. Include your contact info and website, if you have one, in the email.

7. Reach out to a well-known personality and offer to ghost write a how-to book on some aspect of that person's sport. Set up a website devoted to the book. Do it all for a flat fee or split the revenue.

8. Contact sports businesses in your area and offer to help them improve their web presence.

9. If you have a successful sports related social media presence of your own, offer your services as a social media manager.

10. Write an ebook about some aspect of sports within your "zone," publish a website to sell it.

11. Become a contributor to a content site, like InfoBarrel.com, or Suite101.com, and start earning recurring income from revenue sharing.

12. Start a fantasy sports information site or contribute to an established fantasy site. Monetize your own site with Google Adsense, or other ads, but don't get crazy with them.

13. Start an equipment review blog. Works well with sports like golf, biking, tennis and some others. Check your competition before you start, and be unique, genuine and fair.

14. If you have no experience, write a few sample articles, scour popular sports sites for open writing positions and apply as a freelancer, or full-time.

15. Do the same for small and large print publications.

I hope you found some of these to be intriguing. Take them, build upon them or use them to create your own ideas. You don't need to "become" a sports writer, you need to "be" one.

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Comments

Jul 8, 2011 2:19am
sooraj2008
1. Passion for sports, if you love sports learning the ropes of sports writing will fall like house of cards, in other words, learning to become a sports writer or sports editor will be relatively easier.

2. Read, read and read sports news articles, this takes a lot of time for sure but it 19s the most reliable way of improving your writing skill in sports. The more you acquire information on how an article in sports is written the better you 19ll get to know how particular words and phrases are integrated in a synchronized fashion to come up with an article with finesse, pizzazz and with exemplary results. Moreover, you 19ll also get to know how to describe any sporting event that took place, the crucial stages of the game, and the behavior and spirits of players, coaches, personalities, fans and the venue itself.

3. Innate sound writing skill will also play an important part though. Writing talents will surely give someone distinct advantage. If you think you are not gifted with sports writing bear in mind that almost all of the skills under the sun can be learned and acquired through intensive learning and devotion of time mastering the craft. Persevere to research well on how to improve your skills, this takes also a lot of time to do it, but inevitably your hardwork will be amply compensated in the end.

4. Practice a lot, do some articles to hone and polish your writing skill don 19t worry about the outcome, for sure you will discern your level of writing and you know when to keep on improving. Keep assessing yourself and try to let others read your articles and give them the luxury to rate them, hehehe, but be sure not to be disheartened when they criticize it. Bear in mind, that it is with bad comments that gives you motivation to be very good in writing. You can also experiment on writing an article about various sports competition that took place in your community.

5. If you think you 19re ripe enough and still a student try to see if Lady Luck will smile on you, by going through screening as a sportswriter in your school or as a contributor. Remember also that in everytime you write articles you gained valuable experience and exposure from it. This undertaking will surely boosts your confidence and improve your experience as a writer. If you made it, cheers, if not, don 19t feel sorry there is still HubPages where there are no try outs or screening and there is a wide room for improvement nyahahaha 26Joining trying-outs as a sports writer will give you an idea on where you stand as a sports writer.

5. You 19re experience as an athlete is a plus too as a sports editor or writer. Hehehe, a cutting edge in writing about sports, since you know by heart how competition happens, you know the essence of winning and losing, and preparations you've made no matter what the results of your participation in the past materialized. Used this experience to write with heart, for this will surely be felt by the readers. Your experience can also be a potent driving force to express yourself very well and can motivate you to write well to the best of your abilities.

6. Be resourceful, sports writing is not just a mere writing stuff, boosts the contents of your hubs, blogs or write-ups with contents extracted from a deliberate research work. Be sure to make your stuffs filled with a lot of great information to thrill and enthrall your readers with fascinating and useful facts. Library and internet can be very helpful to enhance your write-ups.

7. Self correction, once done with an article, make sure that you read it again after a day it was done and you will be surprised that you are making some additions and improvements on it. Do this for several days before publication and before you knew it you have a great article to contribute or to pass.

8. If you think you are already ready for the bigger thing, hehehe, raise your bar a notch higher, hehehe, tryout for the sports editor position who knows this can be your passport to success as a national newspaper or tabloid writer. Keep dreaming and learning for these are free and can be rewarding.

9. Once you are a sports editor already, proofreading will be your main instruments in determining what articles which needs some revisions and/or corrections. Faulty grammars and misspellings should be eradicated from each article. Read at least two times each article for any errors.

10. Walk the talk, as a sports editor you need to practice some ethics too, be sure that everybody, including you, pass their articles ahead of the time or on time. Be sure to have great ounce of patience, always discuss things in a nice manner when trouble arises. Don 19t be cocky in criticizing for some errors, correct them by talking in private. Smile always and show them great personality. Motivate your writers well, give them pointers all the time and find ways to make yourself available when they need your help.
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