"Each day, I will pitch stories that are the most time-sensitive and recent. Once those are covered, I like to cover stories that are of the most interest to the public, such as a local favorite athlete or a feel-good story."
Every day in the news industry can be different. One day, there can be many stories to cover and the reporter must choose one or two, and the next, there may be very limited stories to choose from. The candidate should discuss with the hiring manager how they decide which stories are most important to cover. The candidate can talk about the types of stories that matter most to the public, including breaking sports news like game scores and championship results. They must also discuss how they prioritize athlete injuries, and other soft news.
Ultimately, the candidate should show that they understand that breaking sports news should always be covered before lighter stories, and that the types of stories that the community cares about most should be prioritized.
Do you prefer reporting on local or national sports?
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"I prefer reporting local sports because I love featuring young athletes that the community wants to see. However, national news is important to everyone and draws many viewers to the station."
The candidate should discuss which type of sports they like to cover most and why. This gives the interviewer insight into the candidate's favorite stories to cover, and their experience on various levels of sports news. Generally, good sports reporters can cover sports of all levels, so a good response from a candidate would be one that is positive about any level of sports.
"Once I do a story with an athlete or a coach, I make sure to swap business cards with them. Although I may not think I will need them again, it is always good for someone else to have my phone number, in case they ever want to reach out. In this way, I am able to collect phone numbers and contacts to use years in the future."
A strong reporter is able to create contacts who help them find story ideas. Sports reporters create contacts with athletes, coaches, and those inside the organization who will update them with the latest news from the team or department. The candidate should discuss their experience generating sources in sports or in other fields, and talk about how their ability to create strong relationships will strengthen the sports department.
A sports reporter works for either a television station or an online or print news publication. They are responsible for covering the local stories that pertain to sports, from young children's leagues, to the major leagues. They are often expected to take pictures and video of the sporting events and write and report the highlights of the game or event. Sports reporters are also expected to cover any news surrounding former sports players, and stories relating to fans of the sport, as well as the future of the industry of sports. Sports reporters must have excellent writing skills and an extensive knowledge of all sports that are popular within the region.