#changethegame: Life in online sports journalism

BBC Sport launched in May its #changethegame women's summer of sport season to showcase female athletes. All eyes have been on the players but have you ever wondered what goes into getting sports news from the playing field to your screen?

Meet online sports journalists Kate and Emma to find out more about how the magic happens.

Kate Kopczyk, BBC News editor

Be persistent if this is something you want to do. You will get knock-backs along the way, but believe in yourself.

Kate's journey

Role: News editor for the BBC

Key tasks: Overseeing reporting on sporting events, choosing which stories to focus on, coordinating BBC Sport's news online team's content

Pathway: Kate's dad was a sports journalist which sparked her interest in the career. At school, she did work experience which she enjoyed and helped her focus on what steps to take to become a journalist. Her dad suggested broadcasting rather than newspaper journalism which resulted in Kate taking a Radio Journalist course

Career highlight: Covering the Champions League in Moscow.

Kate feels that, as well as getting women into sport and broadcasting, it is also important to change the way men think about women's sport and putting it on the same level as men's sport in terms of resources and coverage.

Top tips

  • Be persistent and don't give up
  • There will be knock-backs but just keep going and believe in yourself
  • Be interested and enthusiastic about your work.

Emma Sanders, BBC digital journalist

I always wanted to be a sports journalist. I knew that, what ever I did, I needed to be involved with sport 24/7.

Emma's journey

Role: Digital journalist

Key tasks: Digital live reporting, which is covering sports live as they go out, by live texting, writing match reports or reaction pieces

Pathway: A Journalism degree at the University of Salford, followed by a period of freelancing in sports journalism, until she landed her dream job at the BBC

Career highlight: Covering the Champions League semi-final where she was reporting live from the stadium. She is a big football fan and being able to cover that match meant a lot to her.

Emma feels that there is no better time for girls to get involved with sport. There are many more opportunities now both in sport itself and sport broadcasting.

Top tips

  • Be passionate about what you do and let that show through in your work
  • Try and get as broad a knowledge of sport in general
  • Be an expert in one or two sports. Emma is an expert in football and tennis.
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