Tag Archives: sportswriting

Some March Madness cliches are more wretched than others

I used to rail vs clichés like “Cinderella” and “bubble teams.” Those words, though, have been used so pervasively in discussions about the NCAA Basketball Tournament that they are now as endemic to coverage as March Madness. That’s what makes English … Continue reading

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How to keep score, take notes and write stories about live sports events

Here are my notes for today’s session on ways to more effectively keep score, take notes and, ultimately, write a more informed story about live sports events. See you later today in Louisville at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers … Continue reading

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Writing is not a mystery, even if you binge-watch ‘Bosch’

Writing is not a mystery, except when it is. If you’ve written a great deal, you know what I mean. If you have not, the previous sentence reads like awful haiku.

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Don’t fear asking the right questions

Don’t let coaches intimidate you from asking questions. If you believe the biggest controversy revolves around whom will start at quarterback, then ask about that scenario — even if the coach becomes agitated, surly or even angry, as Tide coach … Continue reading

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Did Sports Illustrated senior writer reveal a bias to hire women? Isn’t it really about time for all sports media to do so?

There is a fascinating discussion on gender bias taking place on Twitter among several talented sports writers. No shocker: social media sees this as a black-and-white issue, but there are several gray areas as well. Is it OK to hire … Continue reading

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Not so obvious to journalism students? To earn the best sports media jobs, one needs to work hard for a long time.

I think we all need to drop into Capt. Obvious mode from time to time – by stating ideas that are clearly self-evident … except to some of our students. Students do not often consider the toil required to get … Continue reading

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There’s no better way to teach sportswriting than to bring students to cover live events

You can grill students all you want on interviewing techniques, keeping score, taking notes and writing game stories, but they won’t really learn until you throw them into live event coverage. Everything makes sense until one has to cover a … Continue reading

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