"I entered the sportswriting field shortly after graduating from Babson when I was introduced to the sports editor of The New York Beacon, an African-American weekly newspaper in New York... I have been the paper's primary reporter for the Yankees and the Giants... I also run A Sports Scribe, where I delve into not only games, players and coaches, but also sports business, media and culture."
"Chances are when you start out, you will be driving to two or three games a night, catching tidbits here and there, getting a photo here or there," says Zollman. "It is not an easy job. It can be lots of fun if you love to write about sports. But you have to love to write."
John Theriault, 40, of Glendale, Ariz., is a freelance sports writer who has 20 years of experience in the profession and has worked at the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily Herald during his career. Theriault says starting out a weekly newspaper, where you are required to be a jack-of-all trades, is a great training ground.
"I can't emphasize [it] enough: Start small," says Theriault. "Cover local sports. Nothing should [be] beneath you doing this. I have covered events from little league baseball up through the professional ranks. A game is a game and a story is a story, no matter where it takes place. Becoming a sports writer to get close to the action and be starstruck is the wrong reason. Be a sports writer because you love sports and love to tell a story."Sounds good, aspiring scribes?