Columnist says Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is using alternative facts to explain his team’s struggles in 2017

Bernie Miklasz, who covered the St. Louis Cardinals for 26 years, relies on advanced metrics to illustrate that the team’s manager, Mike Matheny, has incorrectly blamed younger players for problems in 2017.

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Start planning for 2018 sports media conference for college students

sports17Sorry 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 Journalism Workshop, held this year at both Vanderbilt and Bridgestone Arena for more than 200 students and a few faculty members. Like the first three years, speakers once again delivered terrific insights into a variety of topics ranging from baseball beat coverage from ESPN’s Buster Olney and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold to telling stories in long-form from Jordan Ritter Conn to sideline reporting to broadcasting, multimedia, interviewing, to name just a few. Continue reading

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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.

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We’re set for the 4th annual national college sports journalism workshop

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College sports media students, advisers and faculty can spend two days at CMI’s Fourth Annual Training Camp and learn from the nation’s premier sports media professionals how to better inform and entertain your followers, no matter the media platform. This one-of-a-kind opportunity exclusively for college media will tackle sports storytelling, game analysis, social media and on-air radio and television. Sessions will address topics such as game coverage, feature writing, sports commentary, player & coach interviews, sports talk radio, play-by-play, working with sports information directors, blogging, sideline reporting, and sports broadcasting. Continue reading

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Do Van Gundy’s and Belicheck’s public comments define how the NBA, NFL are viewed?

In our most recent podcast, I fought against a cold to join co-host Jeff Owens in addressing Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy’s negative public comments about  president-elect Donald Trump, comparing them to Patriots coach Bill Belichek’s letter in support of Trump. Are these comments definitive of how we view the two professional sports leagues? Plus, we compare the electoral college to the antiquated way college football once crowned its national champion, reveal a dumb coach who did not know the elections were actually taking place and discuss why Mavs owner Mark Cuban rescinded press credentials for ESPN beat writers.

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This week in college sports media: sportswriters on politics, violent Quidditch matches, special basketball sections, flying cats and more

Thomas Munson of the Daily Pennsylvanian writes as eloquently as any sports writer in this piece that addresses both today’s elections and sports, particularly the massive celebration in Chicago following the Cubs’ World Series championship run. At first, I needed to double-check to see if this were really a piece from the likes of Thomas Boswell or Wright Thompson instead of from a student journalist at Penn.

I won’t steal Munson’s proverbial thunder, but here is an example of his exceptional writing and wonderful insights into life, politics and sports. Continue reading

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