Category Archives: Sportswriting

Advice from veteran sports writer Tommy Deas

 Tommy Deas, executive sports editor at The Tuscaloosa News and former president of the Associated Press Sports Editors, offered terrific advice to students attending the College Media Mega Workshop here in Minneapolis. Deas regularly mentors young students, which was evident … Continue reading

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What questions do sports journalism students want answered?

So what do journalism students know, and, further, what do they want to learn? That’s a primary concern for most educators like myself. So I set out to ask students attending this week’s College Media Mega Workshop in Minneapolis that … Continue reading

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Bring your ‘A-Game:’ Avoid using cliches in sports writing

Cliches still plague sports writing. I suspect that’s because younger sport writers, by and large, watch more sports than read about them, which is a shame because there are so many amazing sports books out there.

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Sports features don’t need to be written so neutrally

I don’t know about you, but I get bored pretty damned easily, which is evident by the scant number of posts I’ve planted here during the past few years, by the constant changes to my classes, and by the way I constantly … Continue reading

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Test students for sports terms, style

Students are always going to stumble over coverage of sports events, especially on deadline, such as finding the best angles, selecting appropriate quotes, structuring stories effectively, asking probing questions, and determining key trends and plays. That’s part of the learning … Continue reading

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