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 am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.
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