Whether it’s on radio, television, the internet, or in Royaltv01, sports broadcasting is an omnipresent feature of our daily lives. Sports broadcasters, as a group, are in high demand and can often command huge salaries. However, it’s important to remember that aspiring sports broadcasters must put in years of hard work before they’re ready to get on air. This is because a degree alone is not enough to guarantee a position at a professional station.
Thorough Research and Preparation
During live sports broadcasts, it’s the job of sports announcers to deliver a detailed description of a game while keeping up with key events as they unfold. This requires an intimate knowledge of a specific sport, excellent communication skills and the ability to think on their feet to cover any unexpected occurrences.
Interviewing and Reporting
A significant part of a sports broadcaster’s role involves conducting interviews with players, coaches and other relevant figures. These interviews can take place before or after a game, in press conferences or during more in-depth features. It’s important for a broadcaster to have strong interviewing skills and the ability to draw out compelling stories from even the most mundane of topics. Sports broadcasters also frequently collaborate with a production team to coordinate camera angles, replays and graphics in order to produce the most engaging and informative broadcast possible. At SHU, graduate students are given access to world-class facilities such as the Frank & Marisa Martire Center for the Liberal Arts and our media production studios to develop these crucial skills.