Covering sports today includes not only knowing the games, but also knowing about the larger financial, legal and ethical issues associated with sports. Missouri students have a unique opportunity to work across real-world media platforms as they gain experience covering games, reporting on in-depth issues, developing feature stories, and breaking news in the world of sports journalism. Our students are taught to “think on their feet,” stay up on the latest technology and apply their classroom learning as they file reports to be published in a local community newspaper or broadcast from an NPR or NBC affiliate.
Sports Journalism: Learn By Doing
Internship partners include University of Missouri Athletics and national sports media outlets such as the SEC Network, Fox Sports, ESPN and more. Additionally, Missouri students will be reporting, editing, photographing, providing social media and strategic communication skills and more for the School’s professional newsrooms – including NBC affiliate KOMU, NPR-member station KBIA, and digital-first community newspaper Columbia Missourian – and two advertising agencies.
Missouri students have the opportunity to travel the country (and the world) while filing deadline-driven sports stories. Field assignments have taken Missouri students all the way to China to cover tennis, around the country to SEC sporting events and the Super Bowl. Student reporters are required to file their stories, social media updates and images to tight deadlines, helping them develop the skills that employers value.
This hands-on, learning-by-doing professional-level experience helps Missouri students prepare for Day One in their chosen field. Upon commencement, Missouri students are officially awarded their bachelor’s degree either in Journalism or Strategic Communication. During their time on campus, however, there are any number of opportunities to specialize in a particular field, including (but not limited to):
- Business and Economics Journalism
- Data-Driven Journalism
- Documentary Journalism
- Investigative Journalism
- Magazine Writing
- News Editing
- News Reporting
- Public Relations
- Science, Health and Environmental Journalism