Sports Journalism at Leeds Trinity University in year one broadly follows three strands. The multi-media practical strand will equip you with key journalistic skills, including how to source, research and compile news stories, how to film stories and put together audio packages. You also do shorthand.
But these practical skills are only part of the picture - sports journalists also need to have a keen understanding of the broader news media and society in which they are working, and this is where our journalism theory strand comes in.
This will help you understand the context in which news is produced, along with law and the social, ethical and political impact of journalism on society. You are on five weeks of placement in year 1.
You get to develop your sports writing skills a bit more as we tackle specialist writing (features, Q&As, profiles, analysis). We also extend the theoretical strand, which will help you understand the place sport has in today's culture as well as enhancing your knowledge of how the social context of sport has developed.
In year 2, you also choose an appropriate research avenue to pursue or you can start planning whether to take the Professional Learning Through Work option, which is a project linked to an employer. You go on six weeks of placement in year 2.
The final year all about putting the theory and practical skills to use. There is the Digital Media Project, which allows you to choose an area of specialism and then design a website to cover it.
We look at the business of sport too, analysing what takes off the field in terms of sports advertising; marketing; sponsorships; endorsements; taxation/revenue/funding; business of staging multisports events including bidding; administration/ownership; legal grey areas (Fifa, doping); vested interests related to technology in sport.