Category Archives: Teaching sports journalism

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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Start planning for 2018 sports media conference for college students

Sorry if you missed out on the best sports journalism training for college students this past weekend. But there’s always next year when we roll out another impressive three-day conference in Nashville. We just completed the fourth annual CMI Sports … Continue reading

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Rubrics help teachers, students focus on key elements of journalism

Anybody who works as a journalist realizes there are essentially two kinds of stories – those that either pass or fail, that either inform and/or entertain readers fully or that lack depth, sources, context, skill. Anybody who teaches journalism realizes we can’t really grade in … Continue reading

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Correcting mistakes made by inexperienced sports writing students

Students interested in writing journalistically – sports or otherwise – invariably take similar approaches and make comparable mistakes. Language tends to be the biggest challenge for many students, whether that means a reliance on clichés and jargon, an inability to write precisely or concisely, or … Continue reading

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