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 debates, analysis, prognostications, commentaries or features. Without game coverage, sports sections would be flimsy, sports websites would not exist, and sports bloggers would have nothing to say.

Yet, game stories are sometimes given short shrift, especially at the local and college levels where reporters only cover one side of the story, walk into stadiums and gyms without much knowledge, and then take few notes on play-by-play.

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