Sports Writing 101 | The Basics

Fundamentals for aspiring sports journalists

Instructed by Nikki Parsons

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  • Learn key sports writing concepts
  • How to write a great headline
  • How to find images to include with your writing
  • How to find and use quotes

If you love sports and are looking to get paid for your passion, this course is for you!

Nikki is an Editor and Senior Sports Writer at La Liga News UK and freelance sports writer for It's Round & It's White. She'll teach you the key elements that make up any sports article.

In this class you'll learn:

  • a key concept in sports writing - the inverted pyramid
  • how to write a great headline
  • how to find images to include with your writing
  • how to find and use quotes

This course is the first in a series on "How to become a sports writer".

The series is for people who are looking to get into sports writing, whether you are passionate about sports and want to get paid for your passion as a full-time career or as part of your freelance side hustle.

  • Understand English spelling and grammar rules
  • Beginner sports writers who are just looking to enter the field
  • Professionals who want to change to a career in sports writing
  • Freelancers interested in making sports writing part of their side hustle
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Section 1 : Introduction

  • Lecture 1 :

Section 2 : The Inverted pyramid

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Introduction to the inverted pyramid
  • Lecture 2 :
  • How to use the inverted pyramid?

Section 3 : Key elements of sports writing

  • Lecture 1 :
  • How to write attractive headlines?
  • Lecture 2 :
  • Interview: How to find great images? - Part 1
  • Part 1 of the interview with Daniel Meumann, a freelance sports photographer. You can follow his work or ask any questions by reaching out to him on Instagram (@dmeumann).
  • Lecture 3 :
  • Interview: How to find great images? - Part 2
  • Part 2 of the interview with Daniel Meumann, a freelance sports photographer. You can follow his work or ask any questions by reaching out to him on Instagram (@dmeumann).
  • Lecture 4 :
  • How to find & use quotes?
  • Lecture 5 :
  • Understanding the mechanics of quoting
  • Lecture 6 :
  • Elements of a sports article
  • Let's check your understanding of the course material

Section 4 : Conclusion

  • Lecture 1 :
  • Conclusion

Nikki Parsons,

A British-American expat living in Barcelona, taking full advantage of the close proximity to Camp Nou. Nikki is an Editor & Senior Sports Writer at "La Liga News UK" as well as a freelance contributor to "It's Round & It's White". In addition, she is a pundit on 90min Fan Voice for FC Barcelona, participates on the local TV chat show "The Week in Football", and launched "Match the Bar" a mobile app that helps people find a bar in Barcelona to watch a specific sports match. Nikki has a B.S. in Hospitality & Sports Management from New York University, and her life currently revolves entirely around sport.
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