A very warm welcome to the website of the Sports Journalists’ Association
The Sports Journalists’ Association of Great Britain – the SJA – is the world’s largest national organisation for professional sports journalists.
Our members include writers and photographers, editors, cartoonists or broadcasters, whether they work for national or regional newspapers, specialist magazines, in print or online, on television or on radio.
Our President is the writer and broadcaster Sir Michael Parkinson, while our SJA committee comprises a selection of national newspaper sports editors, tabloid and broadsheet, past and present, top sports photographers, and well-known correspondents in print, broadcasting and online.
We enjoy strong partnerships with a range of public agencies, sports federations and some of the biggest corporations in the world, including the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association; LOCOG, the 2012 Games organisers; UK Sport; and internationally, the IOC, Sport Accord and NFL Europe.
Recent commercial partners and sponsors include BP, The National Lottery, Ladbrokes, Laureus and BT Sport.
We also work closely with many sports governing bodies, advising on media management matters and helping to promote their events and activities to our members, in the hope of generating improved press coverage.
Each year, we stage two of the most prestigious awards events on the calendar at gala occasions in central London.
Our SJA British Sports Awards has a history dating back to 1949, and the December lunch regularly attracts some of the biggest names in British sport, past winners including Jenson Button, Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy, Rebecca Adlington, Tony McCoy and Paula Radcliffe.
In March each year, our SJA British Sports Journalism Awards dinner is an important occasion to support and promote our own profession.
We endeavour to make it a glittering event where among our guests are prominent figures from sport, the media and politics, with colleagues from sports broadcasting, the sports desks of the national newspapers and many of the world’s leading sports photographers also attending, as we recognise excellence among our colleagues’ work through the previous year.
For reports on past British Sports Journalism Awards, click here, where you will also find further links to lists of our past winners and photo galleries of some of the best of British sports photography.
In 2012, the SJA co-hosted a special pre-Olympics reception in the City of London for our colleagues attending the Games from around the world attended by more than 300 accredited media, and we are working to stage a similar event in Glasgow before the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Our other activities include hosting regular lunches with leading figures from the world of sport as our special, headline-making guests; Sporting Question Time events, with expert panels dealing with the issues of the day; and publishing event-focused magazines for the media at major championships and the SJA Yearbook and directory, circulated digitally to our members and the sports desks of national newspapers, news agencies and broadcasters as well as major PR firms.
Elsewhere on this website, you can also find details of how to join the SJA, to enjoy the benefits of membership, which include significant cash discounts on tickets for our events, the annual SJA Yearbook, and a range of other services.