Sports journalism is an art and its natural home is in the Humanities. Emotion and personality are key to any journalist’s success; reporting is arid and cold unless it is bathed in the golden light of imagination. While journalism’s first obligation is reporting the truth and accuracy, unless journalism is entertaining, lyrical and even at times poetic, it would just be a dull recital of statistics and facts.
The Sport Journalism MA degree course at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, is one of the best routes into the industry. It was the first to be professionally accredited by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists, and from 2016-2019, the NCTJ Student Sports Journalist of the Year has been won by a St Mary’s student.
The course trains journalists in all aspects of multi-media for the digital age. Graduates have gone on to work at BBC Sport, Sky Sports News, BT Sport, ESPN, TalkSport, CNN International, Sky News, The Times, The Independent, The Evening Standard, The Irish Times, Metro, Stats Perform, Snack Media, The Cricketer, The Racing Post, Premier League Productions and the news agencies, Sports Beat, SNTV and Hayters.
For further information on the degree contact: Dr Daragh Minogue, Associate Professor and Course Leader – Sport Journalism
Dr Richard Mills is Senior Lecturer in Literature and Popular Culture at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Dr Richard Mills