These days, we, millennials have a tough life. Generous jobs are not available as pay rates remain low. At least they are not rising as it was in 90s and early 2000s. I was one of that millennials, trying to find proper job and make the ends meet. However, I was offered an unusual job of a scout (or data journalist) at DoScouting in one of my desperate days.
It was a casual job that required reporting various sporting events. Events, matches and competitions are being held all over the world. While scouts are required to report matches that are close to them. Payments vary from 35 euros to 75 euros. The number of matches to take varying from few up to more than 30 per month. Of course, this job barely makes the full time job, but the flexibility and pay rates make it a generous work to do at your spare time.

“With all of its generosity it wasn’t easy to become a scout.”

It requires decent understanding of sporting rules covered and acute attention to details. Even getting into your first real match coverage is difficult. What the company asks are the several stages of training and testing. First, tutorials and then coverage of some virtual game. You download the videos of some old matches and cover it as the normal real match. If you pass these two stage there will be an interview mainly to check whether it is you (or someone else instead of you) passed the training. While interviewer may ask any kind of strange questions, like what you should do if some crazy terrorist blows up the stadium.

However, I can understand this strict and strange selection methods of the company. With more than 1000 scouts all over the world they want to ensure that the right person with the right skills is hired for the job. Since, the failure or ignorance of the scout may cost the company a lot by ruining their reputation and stealing the revenue.

After passing all these selection stages “GOOD LIFE” begins. Travelling to a match when all the costs are covered and spending two hours of your time and getting payed decent fixed fee, is of course, good. But as scouts we have to be ready for any type of unexpected events. Anytime and at any point, something may get wrong.

Generally, scouting as data journalist saved me. Back at home I earned extra income other than my main job and enjoyed my life. It also allowed me to travel around the world. Now I came to Australia, where from the very first week I started earning. I am more than two months in Australia and feel financially safe. Therefore, considering all the benefits scouting has offered me, I think it was worth of taking on a long journey to become the data journalist (Asror, 2017).

Have you thought about becoming a sports data journalist?

You are curious about the job, but not exactly sure about the exact responsibilities of a sports data journalist Read along and you will find out. Working as a sports data journalist is a fun, rewarding, but also an intense and responsible job. Sports data journalists are responsible for transmitting live data via mobile devices to the servers in real-time. It is all about speed and accuracy, and also requires you to fully commit and pay attention to the game at all times.

Sports data journalists are responsible for transmitting live data from the sports venue through the special iOS and Android mobile apps or through the laptop interface, depending on the type of coverage. The games sports data journalists usually cover are usually close to where they live or within a radius of about 100 km. Interested? Check available countries to become a sports data journalist.