Our Sports Desk covers all 19 Northwestern varsity sports teams. No previous sports writing experience is necessary, and you'll be able to work with our staff to learn the ins-and-outs of a sport you're interested in. Reporters have amazing access to players and coaches in one of the most interesting Division I conferences in the country: the Big Ten. You won't find a wider range of opportunities anywhere else — from game coverage and features/profiles to column writing and more.
Our Gameday Editor oversees Football coverage and selects a team of four additional writers who cover home and way games. Reporters don't often start out covering football, but have previously joined the Gameday staff as soon as their second years on staff — and they've often appreciated the chance to develop their skills finding stories in other sports and learning how to cover a variety of games beforehand.
If interested in joining the Sports Desk, fill out our Google Form or reach out to Fall Sports Editor Sophia Scanlan directly at [email protected]. If you're specifically interested in sports photography, you can visit our photo page under the Multimedia tab.
You'll have the chance to take on a beat each quarter and learn how to cover games. In the fall, you could apply for Men or Women's Soccer, Field Hockey, Volleyball, Men or Women's Golf, Swimming & Diving or Cross County. On your beat, you'll develop relationships with athletes and coaches and find stories that take place off the field. You could also have chances to travel across the country to cover games — like sports writers Ella Brockway and Andrew Golden did when they flew to Baltimore to cover Lacrosse in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, or when our Football staff traveled to San Diego to cover Northwestern's Holiday Bowl win.
If you prefer feature writing, you'll have plently of opportunities. In her first quarter on the sports desk, current Sports Editor Sophia Scanlan reported out a feature on Allyson Darragh, who wrapped up her fourth year as Baseball's director of baseball operations. Sports writer Andrew Golden also wanted to dig into the history of black coaches at NU last spring — and the challenges they've faced in the Big Ten and NCAA. Regardless of what you're interested in — whether it's student athlete mental health or a baseball team from 1957 — over time, you'll have more and more ways to do it here. Here's a few other feature stories our writers have written over the past couple quarter.
If you're interested in profile writing, you could have opportunities for it like sports writer Ella Brockway did in her first quarter at Northwestern, writing about Men's Soccer goalkeeper Robbie White, the first known men’s soccer player from a Power Five conference to publicly come out in college. Here's a few other examples of profiles our writers have done on athletes and coaches in fencing, men and women's basketball, men's golf and lacrosse.
We're also hoping to keep expanding our sports column writing on the desk. Many of our writers have had no prior experience writing columns prior to doing them on the sports desk, so if you'll have plenty of support in learning how to formulate your argument. Here's some columns we've had over the past few quarters to give you an idea of what you might write about.