Category Archives: Covering Games

UMBC’s historic win in NCAA tourney generates some terrific stories – and another upset

So how did the country cover No. 16-seeded UMBC’s implausible, crazy victory over No. 1 Virginia? Here’s a sampling of the stories that addressed what might be the biggest upset in the NCAA basketball tournament – and the first time … Continue reading

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There’s no better way to teach sportswriting than to bring students to cover live events

You can grill students all you want on interviewing techniques, keeping score, taking notes and writing game stories, but they won’t really learn until you throw them into live event coverage. Everything makes sense until one has to cover a … Continue reading

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Baseball writers offer stories that put Cubs’ historic World Series title in perspective

An historic game deserves equally momentous writing, right? As everybody knows, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series title since people primarily relied on horses for transportation in this country by defeating the Cleveland Indians in a heart-palpitating 10-inning … Continue reading

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The new(er) face of sports event coverage

This is the new(er) look of game coverage: a package compiled by a writer typically watching an event away from the venue and who relies more heavily on advanced metrics, video and social media instead of on play-by-play and post-game interviews. You’ll also notice that visuals … Continue reading

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Miami Herald offers an excellent multimedia game package

Today’s game coverage has changed a great deal from two decades ago, before social media and during digital media’s infancy, but some things haven’t changed: telling stories that are focused around key players, plays or trends – even if they … Continue reading

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Newspapers race to offer insights on Daytona 500

Here are some takes on Sunday’s Daytona 500, a race won by Joey Logano, by the Associated Press, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sporting News, USA Today, Charlotte Observer, New York Times, and a live blog by the Daytona News-Journal. There are … Continue reading

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Breaking down game elements to create a compelling recap

I originally published this on Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center website in June 2011. Let’s talk game stories, the starting point for all sports conversations and the most significant part of any sports media. Without games, there would not be … Continue reading

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