Dear Aspiring Sports Journalists,
Morris Sussex Sports is looking for students who are interested in the world of sports journalism. Volunteers are empowered to use their creative talents in a positive environment while covering sports across northern New Jersey.
Several of our writers used this platform as a stepping stone for college and in careers in sports journalism. Don’t take our word for it, check out what one of our former volunteers said:
Becoming a sports writer seemed like a no-brainer when I was in high school. I loved sports, and knew a great deal about them. And I loved writing, and was pretty good at it.
But thinking a career path is right for you and knowing it is are two different things. Luckily for me, I had a chance to start heading down that path before I even left high school. Morris Sussex Football gave me the chance to start writing for their site covering my school, West Morris Central.
By volunteering for this site, not only did I enjoy what I was doing but I confirmed that this would be the career path for me. I also learned a ton of things like how to write quickly, how to write to a large audience, what it was like to get reader feedback, etc.
Long story short, volunteering for this site gave me a tremendous base when I went to college. I immediately had a leg up on many of the other kids trying to start at the school paper. Working for free turned into working for money, and then working for money turned into being a sports editor for the The Daily Gamecock, the University of South Carolina’s school paper.
Working for my college paper brought a ton of awesome experiences including looking on in amazement as the number one team in the nation in college basketball was upset right in front of me with thousands rushing the court. Then I had the joyful realization that my story would be on the front page tomorrow as everyone went to class.
And after that was done and my degree was in hand, those college experiences helped me get a job covering high school sports again for The Star-Ledger, the paper I grew up reading.
So in closing, if you want to be a sports writer, you need to start somewhere. We all do. And I can’t think of a better place to start than right here on this site.
For more information contact Laura at Laura@morrissussexsports.com.