How to report and write news stories more visually

Co-wrote an article with friend and colleague Brian Poulter that has been published in the current issue of Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication. This evolved from a workshop we presented at several conferences on ways to improve writing skills by employing photographic approaches. Check it out.

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LISTEN: Are broadcasts of live sports headed to a Pay Per View model? The Big Lead continues to act as if sportswriters’ political beliefs matter. And we’re split on the recent episode of ‘The Walking Dead.’

On this week’s podcast:

Are sports channels, like ESPN, NFL Network and Fox Sports, eventually going to break off from cable packages, as suggested by a media writer on the “Dan Patrick Show”? Will fans start to purchase streams of live games, paying prices determined by the quality of the match-ups? This approach would go against 100 years of progression in both sports and media. Plus, the Big Lead doubles down on its stories about liberal sports writers by citing its poll – a superficial one – that relies on a tiny sampling that includes many outliers. Plus, we address major league soccer ratings, NFL free agency, The Walking Dead and much more. If you enjoy the show, please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.

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Oregon’s Willie Taggart apparently ends his boycott of Oregonian. Lesson: Don’t give in to bullying by coaches

College coaches Oregon’s like Willie Taggart need to handle pressure.

They drill their players to be tough and resilient, but they act like children when a reporter uses words they do not like. In this instance, Taggart telling Oregonian reporter Andrew Greif: I won’t talk to you. Coaches like this are angry, I suppose, because they cannot control the media in the same manner as they do their own players.

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A primer on how to use databases to investigate Title IX compliance on your own campus

Sports journalism should include far more than game reports, reviews, columns and the occasional profile. The best sections address important issues related to sports.

Title IX is one of the most significant issues on college campuses, but it is a topic that is rarely reported in college media, which is a shame since the data is out there. So I’m always impressed when I find solid stories like this one by the Badger Herald’s Anne Blackbourn and this one by several writers at the Amherst Student.

Let’s look at some ways to develop a story using a database. In this case, I’ll address Title IX.

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LISTEN: Soccer goalies eating meat pies, ideology of sports journalism, beat reporters vs. talk-radio hosts and more

Are sports journalists more ideological in their coverage today? In particular, are they more liberal? This topic has been addressed several times during the past month. We weigh in this week on this, as well as on whether a sports announcer for the Sacramento Kings should have been suspended for calling team vice president Vlade Divac an idiot for trading DeMarcus Cousins, the differences between beat reporters and radio sport-talk hosts, and worldwide coverage on a backup goalie for a low-tier English soccer goalie eating a meat pie during a game, much more. Plus, we discuss our fave show: “The Walking Dead.”

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LISTEN: Sports ethics, women’s basketball, top sports broadcasters – and ‘The Walking Dead’

On this week’s podcast, Jeff Owens and I address two potential ethical problems related to sports media at Michigan State and and the L.A. Lakers , as well as:

  • unfair media takes on UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma’s teams having won 100 straight games;
  • the changing of the guard in TV sports now that yet another iconic broadcaster has announced his retirement;
  • comments from two baseball beat reporters on who might be the first unanimous entry into Cooperstown (hint: it won’t be Sammy Sosa);
  • and even some reaction to the season opener of “The Walking Dead.”

Plus, much more.

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