MD5111: Live Sports Coverage

MD5111: Live Sports Coverage

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Live Sports Coverage
Module Code MD5111
Module Tutor Brendan McLoughlin
School School of Media
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

Matchday coverage is a central part of sports journalism, with evolving digital technologies such as live text commentary and social media transforming the ways in which live sports events are covered. Students will learn how to plan and deliver compelling live event coverage across a range of delivery platforms – digital, broadcast and print – and for a variety of markets.

Indicative Syllabus

Students will be taught in seminars and workshops in the newsroom and on location at sports events and venues. Sessions will begin with instruction in a particular aspect of live sports coverage, leading onto practical activities. The breadth of live event coverage will be explored, from pre-match broadcast interviews and live commentary to ‘on the whistle’ written reports and post-match interviews and analysis. As well as teaching traditional matchday reporting techniques for broadcast and print media, this module will explore the ways in which digital media are reshaping the way in which events are being covered, particularly in terms of increased audience interactivity. Students are expected to rehearse their taught journalistic and technical skills outside of scheduled lecture times. They will be required to set up coverage of live sports events to put their learning into practice and to produce a portfolio of their work. The university’s contacts at local professional sports clubs will be utilised to ensure students are provided with authentic scenarios in which to hone their practical and technical matchday skills.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Use digital media, including live blogging software and social media, to deliver engaging live sports coverage.
  2. Deliver ‘on the whistle’ written match reports, as well as running written accounts for print media.
  3. Produce broadcast commentary of live sporting events, understanding the different skills needed for lead commentator, summariser and producer.
  4. Produce logistical/organisational plans and running orders for match day coverage, including pre-match and post-match content.
  5. Comply with – and understand – legal and ethical issues while delivering live sports coverage.
Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Portfolio: 3,000 words or equivalent
002: 50% Portfolio: 3,000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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