How to become a sports writer? | Sports Writing Fundamentals
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How to become a sports writer? | Sports Writing Fundamentals

Get paid for your passion
4.5 (61 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
394 students enrolled
Created by Nikki Parsons
Last updated 9/2019
English [Auto]
Current price: $139.99 Original price: $199.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 7 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Everything you need to know to get started in the world of sports writing
  • How to write an engaging match report
  • How to prepare for, conduct, and write an interview article
  • How to find full-time, part-time, or freelance sports writing work
  • How to create a writing portfolio
  • How to write a feature (biographical, critical analysis, or tactical analysis)
  • Understand English spelling and grammar rules

Welcome to the how to become a sports writer course!

Learn how to write attractive headlines, write match reports, features, and interview articles, optimize articles for SEO, as well as how to create your portfolio, find work and more!

We'll cover everything you need to know to get started in the world of sports writing, whether you're looking to get your first job, whether you're a professional looking to change careers, or whether you're a freelancer that wants to add sports writing as part of your side hustle.

Get paid for your passion. The problem is, everyone wants to become a sports writer, which makes this industry very competitive and there are very few courses out there that teach you the entire process from A-Z.

The good news is, as long as you have a good grasp of English spelling and grammar, there aren't many barriers to getting a job in sports writing. It's simply a case of putting in the work and learning how you can get your foot in the door. Plus, once you're there showcasing a portfolio of your writing, nailing the interview, and understanding how to negotiate. And you can do all this in a matter of weeks!

The benefits of taking this course are:

  • To understand the different styles of sports writing (match reports, features, and interview articles)

  • To open your own personal sports writing blog

  • To learn how to edit your articles effectively (and give feedback to others)

  • To set up your digital reputation and create your sports writer brand

  • To become part of a community of fellow sports writers

  • To get insight from experts in the industry

  • To prepare all the tools you need for your job hunt

  • To be able to calculate your personal freelance rate

  • To nail the interview and win full-time or part-time work, as well as freelance gigs

All this for an investment of $199.99. If you aren't 100% happy with the course, Udemy offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked. Register for the course now and get started today.

As a student, you’ll get lifetime access to:

  • 70+ engaging and practical lectures

  • Access to our private LinkedIn group for sports writing jobs

  • Writer privileges on our course blog publication to receive individual article feedback

  • Pre-made templates for outreach: Cover letter templates, Interview request templates, etc.

  • Step-by-step tutorials: how to create an article outline, how to calculate your freelance rate, etc.

  • Checklists: to help ensure you gather all the research you need for match reports, to help you go through the editing process, etc.

With high-quality videos and valuable downloadable materials, this course is designed to be both engaging and practical. There will also be frequent updates to the course, giving you more value as time goes on.

What are the requirements? A good understanding of English spelling and grammar. We will briefly touch on some common grammatical errors, but as we will be giving and receiving feedback to each other in the course, the assignments, for now, must be completed in English.

What am I going to get from this course? Ultimately, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of how to write sports articles and a portfolio of work we complete during the course that will enable you to go out and find a paid sports writing job.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner sports writers who are just looking to enter the field
  • Professionals who want to change to a career in sports writing
  • Freelancers interested in making sports writing part of their side hustle
Course content
Expand all 77 lectures 07:02:49
+ Introduction
4 lectures 07:54

Welcome to the course!

In this first introduction video, we'll cover:

  • Who am I?

  • What will you learn in the course?

  • What will you be able to do by the end of the course?

Preview 04:43

I'll provide you with a course syllabus and get you set up so that you understand how to navigate the course and schedule time for the work we'll be doing together.

How to navigate the course?

How to use the Q&A section to introduce yourself to me and other students.

Introduce yourself!

After introducing yourself, it's time to prep for section 2.

After your introduction
+ Setting up your personal blog
6 lectures 15:54

In this lecture, we'll cover:

  • What is Medium?

  • Why are we going to be using it in this course?

Intro to Medium

A step-by-step tutorial about how to create and set up your Medium account.

How to set up your Medium account?
Take five minutes now to create and set up your Medium account.
Set up your Medium account
1 question

An introduction to Medium publications.

What are Medium publications?

A tutorial on how to publish your first article on Medium.

Publishing your first article

A tutorial on how to add your article to the class Medium publication.

Adding your article to a Medium publication
It's finally time to do some writing!
Write your first article
5 questions

Recap of section 2 and getting ready for section 3.

Medium recap & next steps
+ Elements of a sports article
8 lectures 44:27

Introduction to the elements of a sports article.

Section introduction

Explanation of a key concept in sports writing - the inverted pyramid.

Preview 01:44

Discussion on how to use the key concept of the inverted pyramid when writing.

How to use the inverted pyramid
Let's see how well a sports article on a leading newspaper applies the inverted pyramid metaphor.
Analyzing a sports article
4 questions

Understanding the key components in attractive headlines.

How to write an attractive headline?

In today's expert interview we talk with Daniel Meumann, a freelance sports photographer.

If you want to connect with Daniel on Instagram, or email him any follow up questions, please see his contact details below.



Interview: Discussion with a sports photographer

Learning how to find people to use as a source in your articles, and how to quote them properly in your writing.

Citing sources & how to find quotes

A grammatical overview of how to use quotes.

The mechanics of quoting

We covered a lot in this section. Let's test your knowledge of this information.

Elements of a sports article
3 questions

Recap of the key elements in sports writing.

Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ How to write a great match report?
5 lectures 16:07

Match report section introduction.

Section introduction

Go through the steps required to write a match report, with a focus on football (soccer) matches.

Preview 04:52
It's time to get your pen and paper ready! This is the most critical part of writing the match report - actually watching and taking notes on the sports match.
Watch & take notes on a sports match
1 question

Understand how to organize the different sections of a match report.

How to organize your report?

Common questions about writing match reports, like how long it should take to write.

Common questions on writing match reports
It's time to put pen to paper!
Activity: Writing your first match report
2 questions
I’m sure you want feedback on your first match report, well, so do your classmates!
Activity: Critiquing match reports
1 question

Match report section conclusion.

Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ What makes an engaging feature article?
7 lectures 29:10
Section introduction
How to write a great feature?
It’s time to create your own feature! The goal of this activity is to choose your topic.
Activity: Choose your topic
3 questions
Research, research, research

Did you read through the resources of the last lecture? Let's test your knowledge.

Researching quality sources
2 questions
How to create an outline?
It’s time to get researching and planning!
Activity: Research & create your outline
5 questions
Start writing!
Writing time!
Activity: Write your first feature
1 question
Time to give & receive feedback
Activity: Article feedback
3 questions

In today's expert interview we talk with Sam Leveridge, a freelance journalist at Marca.

If you want to connect with Sam, or ask him any follow up questions, you can do so on Twitter by following @samleveridge

Expert interview: Sam Leveridge, Freelance Journalist @ Marca
Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ Improve your writing quality
7 lectures 49:48
Section introduction
Most common writing errors
Editing tips
Editing a piece of writing
Activity: Practicing your editing skills
1 question
Practice makes perfect (almost)
Simple SEO tips

In today's expert interview we talk with Jayanth Muraleedharan, National Content Head at Sportskeeda.

If you want to connect with Jay, or email him any follow up questions, feel free to send an email to

Expert interview: Jayanth Muraleedharan, National Content Head @ Sportskeeda

Time to test your knowledge from this section.

Do you know your editing tips?
2 questions
Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ Get professional and enhance your profile
9 lectures 47:26
Section introduction
A Twitter account is of utmost importance for sports journalists, so it's time to set up your account.
Create & share your Twitter account
1 question
The 80/20 rule
How to create a network on Twitter?

In today's expert interview we talk with Gerry Johnston, Contributing Writer at It's Round & It's White.

If you want to connect with Gerry, or email him any follow up questions, feel free to connect with him on Twitter @gjsportsblog.

Expert interview: Gerry Johnston, Contributing Writer @ It's Round & It's White
Your professional profile
It's time to create your LinkedIn account and join our LinkedIn group. We'll work over these next few lectures to optimize your profile further.
Create your LinkedIn & Join the Course Group
2 questions
How to optimize your LinkedIn account
How to rank your profile in LinkedIn search?
How to find writing opportunities on LinkedIn
Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ Get published for the first time
5 lectures 14:21
Section introduction
Why write for a small publication?
It's time to research and prioritize a list of targets.
Create a list of targets
1 question
How to reach out to publications?
We will use the target list created in the last assignment to reach out to our publisher targets.
Reach out to targets
2 questions
Being accepted as a contributor
Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ What makes a great interview piece?
6 lectures 34:02
Section introduction
Interview perspectives and format
Let's begin walking through the interview process step-by-step.
Activity: Define your interview purpose, perspective & format
3 questions
How to find someone to interview?
Ready to start networking?
Activity: Interview outreach
1 question
How to prepare for an interview?
Time for background research and brainstorming!
Activity: Create your list of questions
1 question
The day of the interview
Here we go!
Activity: Conduct the interview
1 question
It's writing time!
Activity: Write your first interview article
1 question
Once again, it's feedback time!
Activity: Get feedback on your article
3 questions
Conclusion & Key takeaways
+ How to create a portfolio?
7 lectures 37:37
Creating a standout portfolio
Writing an "About me" piece
Selection of article samples
Putting it all together
It's time to put it all together and create your portfolio.
Activity: Create your portfolio
1 question
Preparing a cover letter
Personalize your standard cover letter
Activity: Write your cover letter
1 question

In today's expert interview we talk with Adam Storer, Freelance Sports SEO Editor at The Sun.

If you want to connect with Adam, or email him any follow up questions, feel free to connect with him on Twitter @AdamStorer93.

Expert interview: Adam Storer, Freelance Sports SEO Editor @ The Sun
Conclusion & Key takeaways