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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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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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Rubric for evaluating sports columns

Columnists are reporters with an opinion. The best columnists are also keen observers, precise writers, and excellent storytellers. A sports columnist should offer meaningful insights, cover sports ignored by others, address cultural criticism, and analyze games in considerably more depth … Continue reading

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What questions do sports journalism students want answered?

So what do journalism students know, and, further, what do they want to learn? That’s a primary concern for most educators like myself. So I set out to ask students attending this week’s College Media Mega Workshop in Minneapolis that … Continue reading

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How to report and write news stories more visually

Co-wrote an article with friend and colleague Brian Poulter that has been published in the current issue of Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication. This evolved from a workshop we presented at several conferences on ways to improve writing skills by … Continue reading

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Bring your ‘A-Game:’ Avoid using cliches in sports writing

Cliches still plague sports writing. I suspect that’s because younger sport writers, by and large, watch more sports than read about them, which is a shame because there are so many amazing sports books out there.

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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 … Continue reading

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