Sports Writing Internship

Employer Sports Broadcast Journal
Location Remote
Type Internship
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Posted on April 20, 2022


About Sports Broadcast Journal:
Sports Broadcast Journal launched in 2018. Its goal is to serve a mix of announcers, executives, producers, interested followers of sports broadcasting and those engaged in the growing tentacles of digital media. There is a focus on game coverage, particularly play-by-play and other popular and creative sports programming. Additionally, other content includes:
• Candid posts, articles, interviews and notes that cover the gamut; broadcast patterns and trends, announcers’ performances, quality of broadcast coverage and occasional recognition of fresh talent.
• The website also pays tribute to the colorful history of broadcast sports and memorializes the pioneers who paved early trails, created styles and developed the broadcast language still prevalent today.
• There are pieces on announcers who stamped indelible signatures on their broadcasts, nationally or in their local communities.
• Tips for budding announcers from established and popular announcers.
• Thoughtful reader comments are included and appreciated.

Publisher information:
The publisher of the site is David J. Halberstam, a 40-year industry veteran who himself served as play-by-play announcer for St. John’s University basketball in New York and as the radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is also a respected sports broadcast historian, often quoted by the daily media. A self-described broadcast hybrid, Halberstam has held lofty positions in sales and management including Director of Sales for the Miami Heat and Executive VP, General Manager of Westwood One Sports.

His first book, Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History, was published in 1999 (McGraw Hill) and reviewed by Publishers Weekly, Crain’s New York, New York Daily News and noted by the New York Times. It is frequently referenced by authors, newspapers and radio talk show hosts. Halby is a true student of sports broadcasting who has dedicated many years to appreciating marvelous announcers and researching what made their fingerprints and legacies special.

Intern Requirements:
• A desire, passion and some experience writing
• An appreciation for sports in general and sports broadcasting specifically
• Comfortable creating story ideas related to sports broadcasting; whether profiling announcers, executives and producers or writing about sports broadcast patterns, developments and trends. The intern’s canvas is his or her imagination
• Enjoys interviewing news makers
• A sense of discipline to honor writing deadlines
• Generally reliable and dependable
• Eager to learn and to develop hands-on skills

Activity in which intern would engage:
• Writing stories
• Interviewing
• Developing story ideas
• Some research

Overall Internship Goal:
When the internship has been completed, a successful intern will have:
• Experienced real-world, digital publishing activity
• Strengthened his or her writing skills
• Appreciated exigencies of deadlines
• Grown a list of contacts
• Have hands-on writing experience to include on his or her resume

Commitment by David Halberstam: A pledge of time to thoroughly prepare intern on what’s expected and what’s required in a real-world broadcast/media setting.
• To work collaboratively with intern on exercises that will sharpen his or her strengths through the writing, story by story
• Assign projects that will grow the experience; touching virtually every facet of constructing compelling stories

How to Apply:
• Send a brief paragraph or two by email that summarizes your skills, experience and the time you can commit to the project. If you would like, you can include a representative story you’ve written.
• Please identify the dates you would make yourself available for this internship.
• Send your email to David J. Halberstam at
• I’m available by phone too at 954-383-1772

Links to representative stories written by interns at UW, Madison:
Lakers-Clippers: No Chick Hearn, No Ralph Lawler and sadly, a brewing rivalry comes to a skidding halt
Busy Ken Rosenthal reports for Fox, MLB Network and The Athletic; Joe Buck: “If he says it, it’s right”
Tom Verducci: A gripping and prolific writer for SI and an insightful reporter for Fox and MLB Network