Sports Journalism

Self-Paced Learning
Course Duration
150 minutes
Language of instruction
Certificate Price
100 QAR - 28 USD$
Joining for Free without paying the certificate fee, you cannot obtain the certificate; you can only watch all the videos, readings, and quizzes.
About This Course

For most sports fans, weekends are the times when you can just sit back, relax and watch your favourite teams or athletes play on TV.

It’s even better if you happen to have tickets to watch them live.

For sports journalists, however, that time of the week tends to be the busiest. This is when they are reporting on the ins and outs of the teams, the players and telling the stories that people want to hear about before, during and after the events.

I’m Faras Ghani, a digital editor at Al Jazeera English and the lead for’s coverage of the Qatar World Cup 2022.

On this e-course, we will learn about sports journalism, from writing news and features to finding that human-interest angle that makes your story stand out from the rest.

And how, in the world of digital journalism, you will be able to adapt a story across multiple platforms to reach audiences of various age groups, tastes and interests.

So join me here at Ahmed bin Ali stadium, home to Qatar’s Al Rayyan football club and one of the World Cup 2022 stadiums - and let’s get started.

Course Objectives

Cognitive skills:

   The trainee will learn:

  • The basics of sports reporting
  • How to report to audiences with a sophisticated interest in the subject
  • How to go beyond the sports pitch and find human-interest stories
  • To understand the strong link between sports and other areas of social and political life

Practical skills:

   The trainee will learn:

  • The art of writing match previews and reports
  • How to conduct interviews with a wide range of stakeholders, including athletes, players, coaches, officials and fans
  • How to plan for and cover major sporting events
  • The practicalities of reporting across a number of different media platforms
  • How to use data in sports journalism

Behavioral skills:

   The trainee will learn:

  • How to convert basic information into useful content that is revealing and also informative to the audience
  • How to think about how to adapt stories for the ever-changing needs of the readers/viewers
  • How to work to cultivate contacts and sources in the most effective way
  • How to approach different stakeholders, including world-famous players, government officials and fans


What do I get from this course?
  • Full lifetime access.
  • Paid Certificate.
What do I need to take this course?
  • Knowledge of the English language.
  • A Computer or Mobile with Internet Connection.