In this job, a commentator will voice what is happening in the match and also feed the viewers with information about the two teams playing and the players playing. This can include: Information about the stadium e.g. when it was built, how long the team has been playing in this stadium for, They also have to give details of teams history and payers history, For example: if a team is playing in a competition and that team won the competition in the previous season, that information will be stated. The commentator will also have to present information on player transfers if they have occurred and that player is playing in the game. A commentator will always be researching the two teams playing leading uptown the fixture.
A commentator is required to have superb communication skills in order to describe what is happening in the match to the viewers. A commentator will, also good research and interview skills in order to acquire the information they need before a fixture.
There are L3 and L4 courses in journalism available as a route into the career at Sheffield College and various other colleges and universities. Networking is important as you will discover people who can help you with this route. A contacts list is a list of people who can help you within a career pathway.
A person must have qualifications in journalism and specifically sports journalism in clouding L3 and first level degree. Aside from your qualifications you will also need experience so volunteering to commentate on charity events and local sports event such as school football teams.
A commentator must know how to work with a partner in order to give the viewer a more enjoyable experience of a game. The co-commentator is usually an ex player who is an expert on the sport to give details of tactics and how substitutions can effect the match. A commentator is employed by a tv channel and is given the fixtures they will be commentating on, the research they need to do however is freelance.
The pros of working freelance are: You decide your own working times that will suit you. You can work from home and and are not restricted to the amount time of time you can spend on the project in one day.
The cons of working freelance are: You are not guaranteed to be published or payed for the work you have done and without a boss, your work can slip from adequate quality.