As a sports fan, you have probably dreamed of being on the sidelines or in the middle of the action reporting on your favorite athletes or sporting events. A number of schools in the United States offer sports journalism tracks that can prepare you to do just that. While most schools do not offer a sports journalism major, many do provide the opportunity to take sports-related courses as an extension of their journalism programs.
Ranked at the top of the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America's list of best sports broadcasting schools, Syracuse University offers a sports communications emphasis for graduate students through its broadcast and digital journalism program. The Newhouse School of Journalism offers courses such as contemporary issues in sports media and sports communication entrepreneurship and requires students to complete a capstone course internship in the sports communication industry. The sports communications emphasis is also open students enrolled in the university's newspaper, online journalism, magazine and television radio and film programs.
Students at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York can pursue a Bachelor of Arts track in journalism with an emphasis on sports broadcasting that includes classes such as sports writing and television sports reporting and producing. Hofstra also offers a number of sports journalism seminars for pre-college students at its Sports Journalism Institute that prepares aspiring broadcasters with the basic skills they will need to pursue a degree and a career in sports broadcasting. Hofstra is ranked No. 2 by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America.
Arizona State University
The Cronkite School on the campus of Arizona State University boasts a sports journalism program that is one of the top in the nation. With more than a dozen sports media classes and internships, students are exposed to broadcast opportunities at the Olympics, spring training and the Super Bowl. Students at the campus in Phoenix -- one of 11 cities in the United States with four major sports league teams -- are within walking distance of sports facilities that are home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns and Major League Baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks. Alumni of the school are currently working for ESPN, Fox Sports and the NFL Network.
University of Miami
Offering undergraduate degree programs in broadcast journalism, journalism, electronic media and media management and a master's track in journalism, the University of Miami's School of Communication has graduates working for media outlets ranging from ESPN to the "Washington Post." The school offers a journalism curriculum focusing on digital media, written media and television and new broadcasting. The school's broadcast journalism concentration provides students with hands-on experience to participate in a weekly 30-minute cable newscast.