Diploma in Sports Journalism

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

Journalism DBS   

View Spring 2017 Timetable here 

The Diploma in Sports Journalism is an intensive and unique approach to sports writing and reporting in the modern era. It incorporates breaking news, features, match reports and also embraces the electronic media, handing the student an ideal and direct path into the industry after just 10 weeks.  

Programme Aims and Objectives

The programme was developed to cater for participants of all ages who are interested in breaking into sports journalism or writing in some capacity. There is a need for such a diploma because it teaches students the key elements and disciplines of the industry and hands them a distinct advantage when trying to break into the area or when trying to secure employment. The student will learn all aspects and requirements of being a sports journalist and will also develop the necessary practical skills to secure employment in the industry.

Assessment 

To be awarded the Diploma in Sports Journalism students will be required to submit a written assignment (100%) at the end of the course but their enthusiasm, attitude and input throughout the programme will be closely monitored by the lecturer, as practically speaking, attitude and approach are key components of being a successful journalist.

Programme Content

​Core Modules

Compiling news stories

Covering matches and compiling match reports

Composing meaningful and thoughtful features

Blogging for sports journalism

Previewing games and fixtures

Writing opinion pieces

Structure

The programme is divided into a series of modules whereby the classroom for the duration of the programme. Here, students learn to identify angles, develop ideas and see how the various writing disciplines unfold. The teaching style is comprehensive and thorough but conducted in a laid-back fashion (until deadline approaches!). Throughout the programme, at least three top calibre guest lecturers will be introduced to the class. In the past Sports Writers of the Year, Denis Walsh and Vincent Hogan have given guest lectures while leading sports authors Michael Foley, Jackie Cahill, Cian Murphy and GAA Communications Manager Alan Milton have all taken classes. Top broadcasters like Darren Frehill, Oisin Langan, and Ciaran Murphy have also featured in previous courses.

Career Progression  Opportunities

Previous participants on the programme are working as producers with Newstalk and researchers with TV3. Others have gained full-time employment as sub-editors or with Regional publications. Others have set up their own websites, while some are covering games at the weekend, mixing their passion with full-time jobs. Some students have moved back to their native area to gain employment with local papers while others work as PR and Communications Managers with companies who hold interest in the sports market.

Student Profile

Typically, participants on the programme have had an interest in writing, broadcasting or who have a love of sport.

Further Study Options

Students wishing to continue with their studies in the area of Journalism may wish to progress onto the BA (Hons) Journalism in DBS School of Arts.

Fees

The fee for this Diploma is €1,​325 this is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

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  • Media & Journalism
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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 2017

Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-​9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 1​0 weeks ​Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm