Posnanski’s ‘Baseball 100’ is among the best books written on the sport

If you want to learn how to report, write and tell stories, check out Joe Posnanski’s The Baseball 100, a series that initiated on The Athletic’s media platform. (While you’re at it, might want to subscribe to America’s best sports writing site.)

Since Christmas Eve, I have already read chapters on about 20 of these players. Can’t really compare this to another of his books that I love, The Soul of Baseball, but I am reading it at the same pace as that book on Buck O’Neil. Want to become a better sports journalist? Then read what are essentially 100 feature stories on baseball’s best players.

If you’re looking for another terrific baseball book, check out Tyler Kepner’s K: A history of Baseball in Ten Pitches as well.

No matter what else you do, read as much as you can to learn how to report, write and tell stories. Here a few other books to consider – Thomas Boswell’s Why Time Begins on Opening Day, Edward Achorn’s Fifty-nine in ’84, Chris Ballard’s One Shot at Forever, Frank Deford’s The Old Ball Game, Dan Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd – or anything from the Best American Sports Writing series.

Here’s my thread on Twitter on The Baseball 100.

College athletics access, College Media, Uncategorized

Oregon’s Willie Taggart apparently ends his boycott of Oregonian. Lesson: Don’t give in to bullying by coaches

College coaches Oregon’s like Willie Taggart need to handle pressure.

They drill their players to be tough and resilient, but they act like children when a reporter uses words they do not like. In this instance, Taggart telling Oregonian reporter Andrew Greif: I won’t talk to you. Coaches like this are angry, I suppose, because they cannot control the media in the same manner as they do their own players.

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Stories can be found everywhere, if you simply walk across your campus

I shared potential stories related to our campus before hearing my students’ ideas in my Advanced Reporting course this morning. In this photo, for instance, students could go around academic buildings to see if profs still post cartoons outside their office. At least one science teacher on campus inserts “The Far Side” strips into assignments. Plus, there were numerous other topics derived from scheduled events that were worthy of further investigation, shown in part in the photo above. Plus, I modeled ways to report mobilely by posting this story and picture from my iPhone.

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LISTEN: Changes at ESPN’s Mike & Mike, declining TV bowl ratings, Chris Berman’s retirement and more

On this week’s sports & media podcast: Coverage of the College Football Playoff, Chris Berman’s retirement, which Mike does a better job on ESPN’s morning show, declining TV bowl ratings and much more. If you enjoy the show, please rate, review and subscribe on iTunes.