B/R's Advanced Program in Sports Media is a paid 12-week online enrichment class for undergraduate and graduate-level journalism students. Participants receive thorough schooling in the nuances of 21st-century sports reporting, with stipends paid for the completion of weekly training modules and an option to earn full or partial course credit for their work.
Individual sessions begin on self-selected start dates and run for 12 weeks. Along the way, students learn the ropes and hone their skills by virtue of:
As a supplement to B/R's exhaustive tutorial literature, students receive hands-on instruction from veteran mentors during the acclimation phase of their programs.
Each article topic assigned by program administrators is designed to develop key authorial skills—and all of them together give students the opportunity to reach millions of readers while writing about the sports and teams they know best.
At B/R, our team of supervisors and editors is committed to providing every student with concrete tips for improving his or her work over the long run.
The overall structure of the APSM creates a learning environment that's part classroom and part proving ground. From start to finish, you'll have ample opportunity to test your newly acquired knowledge as a journalist covering stories you care about.
All conscientious students graduate with a keener sense of how to engage and entertain online audiences. In addition to this fundamental educational benefit, every high-achieving program participant also stands to gain:
A Portfolio-Building Experience
The diversity of article topics prescribed by the program prepares students to capitalize on new opportunities—and to impress prospective employers—in a rapidly evolving field.
A Credibility-Enhancing Position
Successful students are favorably considered for paid positions in B/R's Featured Columnist Program, which has a long history of helping talented writers attract and engage loyal audiences.
A Salary-Paying Job
Many a fruitful media career has started with a stint in B/R's APSM. That's especially true at B/R itself, where we admit every student with the hope of developing a full-time staffer.
The market for sportswriting gigs is tight and getting tighter, and B/R can't make any promises to prospective participants. The fact remains, however, that the best of the best really do go on to bigger and better things—which means that the extent of your ultimate success will depend first and foremost on your own ability and ambition.
B/R's APSM is open to journalism students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. University-level students who aren’t journalism majors but who do have journalistic experience are considered on a case-by-case basis.
All else being equal, program administrators give weighted preference to candidates with the most extensive publishing experience. If you don't have many published articles to your credit, you can build your portfolio by applying to the B/R Writer Program instead.
All eligible candidates are invited to obtain further information and submit preliminary APSM applications here:
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so there's never a bad time to throw your hat in the ring.
All specific inquiries about the Advanced Program in Sports Media can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.