Tweet like a journalist from live sports events

Tweeting from sports events is no longer optional (nor is inserting links into online stories, but that’s another post for another time). I suggested some approaches last night on Twitter that focused primarily on the Clippers-Mavs game. You can also check out this other post on tweeting from sports events that I assembled a few years ago.

Let me know how else you use social media during game coverage by citing them below or by tweeting them to me @joegisondi. Hope this all helps.

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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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Tips for covering track & field meets

Plan coverage by using highlighters and stickies.

Originally published May 2014.

Let’s talk track and field coverage.

In many states, sectional and state meets are tacking place during the next few weekends, including here in Illinois, where high school girls compete for titles at EIU’s O’Brien Field – a short walk from the house.

Like high school football, a large track and field meet can be overwhelming for both new and experienced sportswriters. These meets have at least 16 events, which are multiplied by quarterfinal and semifinal heats. So where’s one to start? How can one keep track? By relying on research and organizational skills – listing local athletes and charting when they will compete, for starters. Continue reading “Tips for covering track & field meets”