My name is Fraser Stewart and I am a second year sport journalism student at La Trobe University. In order to become a sport journalist that separates from the crowd I have started creating a portfolio of work while, still completing my university commitments. I know in this particular industry it is what you do outside of university.
I have also created my own blog(this blog) as I wish to become a sports journalist once I leave university. The purpose of the blog is to write about rugby union, rugby sevens, soccer, cricket and in some cases about the AFL. This blog is essentially about my views on sport but at the same time, writing about the lesser known sports or sports that do not get enough mainstream media attention such as hockey. My blog posts will have a unique feel about them, as I will be conducting research and providing insights and not just providing general news about the chosen sports.
I realise that the industry that I aim to be in which is to become a newspaper journalist is in decline. This now means that readers are more likely to go the internet in order to get their news more often rather than going out and buying a newspaper.
Readers are now paying more attention to websites than they have ever done before. That is one reason why I would love to work for cricket.com.au and rugby.com.au, as they are the number one source of information for cricket and rugby union and, over time, have developed credibility covering these codes. I would also love to have a by-line in a print newspaper such as the Age however, ESPNFC (soccer) and ESPN Cricinfo (cricket) would also be an ideal place to work since they focus on cricket and soccer and more importantly are both online.
My dream goal would be to work for a major multi-sport company such as Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom covering a range of sports such as football (soccer), rugby union and cricket. I feel that I can provide great insight for the likes of Cricinfo, cricket.com.au, Fox Sports Australia and Sky Sports as I have been fortunate enough to play cricket in Europe and have developed a solid understanding of the rules and strategies of the game. I have also been bought up in a cricketing environment, and I still play the game at club level.
As for covering football for the chosen organisations (Sky Sports , Fox Sports Australia and ESPNFC), I feel that I can provide valuable insight as I have lived in Europe; know the rules of the game, how the game is played and understand exactly what football means to most Europeans. My dream event however, would be to cover the FIFA World Cup for any media organisations or even to cover the UEFA European Championships.
Working within a sporting club or an organisation may also be an option. Opportunities such as working for and writing stories about the Melbourne Rebels (I am a member and go to all the home games), Melbourne Football Club (I am a Demons tragic) and the Sandringham Zebras in the VFL are also of great interest.
As much as I would like to become a writer I do realise that being involved in broadcasting could lead to more options being explored. This may mean covering not just one sport but multitude of sports and, while doing so, it could mean developing a variety of media experiences such as being on TV, and radio while also writing for the chosen organisation’s website. Being involved in the major sports broadcasting companies such ABC Grandstand, Channel 9 sport, 7 sport, 10 sport and SBS would definitely lead to developing greater experience in the sport media industry.
As, I want to have a career in writing as a journalist; I know there are two festivals in Melbourne that could help me in the chosen field such as the Melbourne writers festival and the sports writers festival.
In order to get a head start of my chosen career, during the upcoming summer holidays I am planning to try and volunteer at the Bayside Leader newspaper, which will give me valuable experience in the chosen field.