Learn to curate sports media content

Part of sports journalism today is aggregating, or curating, information found on social and digital media — especially for amazingly, spectacular, enjoyable events like rotund Bartolo Colon hitting his first career home run a few weeks shy of his 43rd birthday, a far more worthy accomplishment than the USA winning a gold medal in ice hockey, as some writers noted. In times like these, fans want to hear what the sports world proclaims. This USA Today writer offers numerous fun comments and coverage in this post. You don’t have to wait for such a fun, crazy moment to curate, though. (Here’s another entertaining curated list that relies on historical sports video.)  Try either approach for any live event or sports news. In addition, create lists on Twitter for interesting sports media and athletes who regularly provide great commentary (and which can save time on deadline). Create lists on Chrome or Safari for sports media websites as well, following top content providers. This is another skill that requires practice, and which can better prepare you for a sports media career.

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About jgisondi

I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. Now, I teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University and work as an editor for Landof10.com, a vertical that focuses on Big Ten athletics. A second edition of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports" will be available sometime in February 2017. The book is a practical guide to preparing, observing, interviewing and writing about 20 different sports, from auto racing to wrestling. Chapters also address ways to cover high school sports, fantasy sports, to develop sports blogs. You can also learn how to cover games, to write features and to interview better. Fans can also learn basic rules of these sports, along with ways to better observe the action. New chapters in the second edition will address social media, advanced analytics, fantasy sports coverage and revised, expanded chapters address game coverage, features and columns, among other new sections.
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