Valuable lessons: What it takes to become a sportswriter?

To becoming a sportswriter isn’t simply comes when you watch the sport and started writing in the paper.

I could see beyond a certain point. I am one sportsmen who plays and watches Tennis, Cricket, Marathon, Badminton and Football.

Over the last just 12 years, I started reading ferociously about those sports which I mentioned above. Even more, if there is any awards ceremony or final match, sometimes I do watch the watch and listen about what commentators are saying and having a hawk-eye on both of the players/teams. Along with inspiration, noticing about their mentality and way of handling frustrations on every moment. If not, I definitely read.

Just, just over the last 5 years, I started to write about the how the match goes. So, I decided to start something about the match by taking a few pieces of papers. Those writings are really crazy driven writings with bad grammar. Felt bad, but I said to myself there will be huge possibility to write. Only if you have/continue with this approach (determination).

So, writing about a particular match fine. Foremost, you should learn to watch the whole match by live or in television. Not simply by looking at the score card. But some writer could grab by looking at the score card. That’s fine.

Simultaneously, by observing both commentators and players. And coming up with your own narrative and genuinely portraying players/teams with quite decent remarks. Facts are appreciative. Data are required when you write.

Be legitimate about what you write.

I started researching quite a bit about becoming a sportswriter. Here I got an article with the very good advice with simple steps.

I gonna paste the source link down below. I sincerely encourage you all to read further.

So here is the seven steps to become a sportswriter.

About the writer:

Jimmy Spencer

Jimmy Spencer creates moments and tells stories with professional athletes. As a writer though, his focus is humanity, open-hearted faith and society.

There is no simple formula for breaking into the sports media industry, but there are ways to put yourself in position to succeed.

Stop treating sports journalism like a get-rich-quick scheme.

It’s not.

It’s one of the most competitive fields you can break into, and entering the sports media job market isn’t as straightforward as it is other careers. It takes more than “knowing about sports.” Sportswriting is entertainment as much as it is informative. People need a reason to read you, watch you or listen to you — and simply “knowing a lot about sports” isn’t going to cut it.

Each and every day, I receive multiple emails or messages on Twitter from young (or vintage) writers looking for advice on how to get into the industry. So, here’s my best advice in seven simple steps:

  1. WRITE, WRITE, WRITE.
  2. TAKE WHATEVER REPORTING GIG YOU CAN LAND.
  3. FIND YOURSELF A GREAT EDITOR.
  4. READ REALLY GOOD WRITERS.
  5. WRITE SHORTER.
  6. TELL A STORY.
  7. NETWORK AND MARKET YOURSELF.
    Again, there is no template for success. This is just my best advice that was passed down to me from generations of news men and women. Hopefully it helps.

If you need anything, follow me on Twitter and ask: @JimmySpencerNBA. Also, please check out my virtual portfolio.

SOURCE: https://the-cauldron.com/how-to-become-a-sports-writer-in-7-steps-b3ffdf6cba70

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