October 17, 2008

Journalism jobs wanted

Posted in Social Issues tagged , , , , at 9:27 pm by poison ivyyy

Every year hundreds of journalism students graduate from university in the hope of working as a sport journalist, but does the industry really have the capacity to accommodate everyone?

Sport has never been as important to modern society as it is today; athletes are seen as the new heroes and ‘kings’ of our generation.

The journalism industry seems to have picked up on that fact and is trying hard to keep up with the pace.

New sports magazines and publications are launched on a daily basis, but the lack of job opportunities for new ‘arrivals‘ on the scene within the industry is alarming.

Sport journalism is not only one of the most chosen fields to work in, in the industry, it is also one of the most competitive.

‘Survival of the fittest’ is a theory drawn by the scientist Charles Darwin to describe behaviour amongst animals, but in connection with the current situation on the market it seems that his theory is getting a whole new meaning.

Jon Crampin, a freelance journalist from London, describes the difficulty with journalism in general, but especially with sport journalism, as follows: “People think because it is sport it isn’t serious journalism so anyone can do it.”

He continued: “I also think that too many ex-sportsmen and women get highly paid media jobs too easily, which is wrong.”

So students do not only have to compete with other students, they also have to compete against well-known sport ‘stars’, who are blocking the few availablepositions.

Although it has become harder to enter the sport business compared to 20 years ago, there is still hope for those who are willing to fight.

Donna Gee, who worked her way successfully into sport journalism in the mid 1960s, says: “There are three things involved in getting to the top in sport journalism. One is talent, two is luck and three is contacts.”

She continued: ” I know it is unfair, but it does help to know people with ‘clout’ who can help you on your way. But if you have no talent, you are still not going to get very far.”