At Up To Speed you can enjoy all the thrills of live match reporting and analysis. You will learn the secrets of the press box and meet and interview sports players. You will also have a chance to show off your knowledge of football, cricket, rugby and a host of other sports.

Your sports course tutor at Up To Speed is Rick Broadbent, Athletics Correspondent of The Times.

Rick combines his role as an Up To Speed tutor with a hectic schedule of reporting on international sports fixtures and he has written several popular books on sport.

The sports reporter course at Up To Speed is divided into two terms.

Term One

An intensive 12-week term at our training centre in the Daily Echo, Bournemouth.

You will learn how to write news, how to take notes in shorthand and study the Media Law and Politics you need to be an all-round journalist.

At the end of this term you will take the following NCTJ exams:

Reporting

Shorthand

Essential Public Affairs For Journalists

Essential Law For Journalists

Media Law Court Reporting

Classroom time: Monday to Thursday 10-6pm

Term Two

In the second term you put the lessons you have learned into practice while continuing to study for further NCTJ exams and assessments.

During this term your time will be divided as follows:
Four weeks: shorthand speed-building and portfolio work.
Four weeks: sports journalism practical assignments in which you will cover a range of sporting events and stories producing features, match reports and analysis.

Four weeks: work placement arranged by you with help and guidance from Up To Speed’s tutors. We will start helping you to secure a placement as soon as you have accepted an offer and paid your deposit. NB You need to plan several months ahead for journalism work placements as competition for them is intense. Stories published on placement will go into your Multi-Media Portfolio.

In the end of the second term you will take the following NCTJ exams and assessments:

Sports Journalism exam

Multi-media Portfolio(coursework)

Further Shorthand exams up to 120 wpm.

The practical aspects of this term will be underpinned by continued teaching and supervision in court reporting, shorthand and newspaper writing. In addition, you will take a ten-week sports reporting course at Up To Speed.

You can also take the Sports Journalism option at Up To Speed if you have already passed the NCTJ exams in Media Law, Public Affairs and Reporting at another centre.