The sport-fanatic West Flanders is the ideal practice field for a future sports journalist. No less than five football clubs play in first division. Big cycling races such as the Tour of Flanders and the E3 Harelbeke take place here. In volleyball and basketball too, West Flemish clubs play on a national and international level.
Howest is the only college in Flanders that offers the unique elective track of Sports Journalism. You get a solid basic training of journalism, but from the first year on you immerse yourself in sports reporting.
Today sports are, more than ever, big business. In newspapers, sports sections fill almost half of the pages. Sport sells. By choosing the elective track of Sports Journalism you gather a huge practical background which you cannot acquire anywhere else. After your studies, you are ready to start working as a reporter for a newspaper, sports websites, the sports editorial board of national or regional television, specific sports channels or a sports club.
Passionate lecturers with experience at Sporza, Sportwereld (Het Nieuwsblad) and Sports/Football magazines open the sports journalism toolbox for you. They give you assignments that literally take you to the sideline of the football pitch or at the finish of a spring classic. A visit behind the scenes of an international sports event is also on the programme. You take a traineeship at a national or regional sports editorial board.
Students who choose Sports Journalism report on several sports disciplines, live and by a very tight deadline. You get acquainted with the sector and its specific context: sports federations, doping, television contracts, sponsors, the do’s-and-don’ts. Subsequently, you search for the best stories with your journalistic background. We pay a lot of attention to recent trends, such as social media, online sports statistics and infographics.
Also have a look at the other elective track Journalism (general).
This program is only available in Dutch!