#028: How to be a good sport in journalism - Rohan Connolly

By Jordan Michaelides
August 23, 2017

Rohan Connolly

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Rohan Connolly ( @rohan_connolly ), is an award-winning sports journalist with a career spanning multiple media organisations and formats including The Herald Sun, The Age, 1116 SEN, Sporting News, the Marngrook Footy Show and now his own brand - Footyology.

RoCo - as you may affectionately know him - is what makes sports journalism great; the type of journalist that you idolise because they’re such brilliant storytellers. Working alongside legends like Lou Richards no doubt inspired this “young kid”, but I think it’s truly his obsessive nature and love for the history of the game, that allows RoCo to focus on what matters. You may be like me, where you’re sick of journalists that over-dramatise what happens in the football world, the one that focuses on politics, and acts as if sport is the difference between life and death. RoCo is the antithesis to that - he has no underhanded motives, and knows hows to make the seemingly simple, brilliant to read. I believe it’s the reason why he is valued by legends of the game like Leigh Matthews and Mick Malthouse.

The key topics covered in this episode include:

  • Why he chose sports journalism

  • What he would say to a fresh grad in journalism

  • Shadowing Lou Richards and meeting legends

  • His writing style and the way he researches

  • Favourite format of reporting

  • Where he thinks media is heading

  • Something an outsider would find ridiculous about AFL

  • What makes a club great

Enjoy the episode, 
Jordan & Lauren





Show notes

  • Bio and background {06:28}

  • Why he chose sports journalism {09:05}

  • What he would say to a fresh grad in journalism {21:00}

  • On shadowing Lou Richards and meeting legends {30:18}

  • On his writing style and the way he researches {39:58}

  • Favourite format of reporting {50:23}

  • Where he thinks media is heading {58:40}

  • Something an outsider would find ridiculous about AFL {01:06:28}

  • What makes a club great {01:19:10}

  • If TEDxMelbourne asked him to do a talk {01:24:56}

  • If he could have a billboard anywhere {01:25:29}

  • Something that seems obvious to him, but not to others {01:28:19}


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