Interviewing, Sportswriting: Scenes

Introspective interviews can yield lively scenes

I originally published this on IU’s National Sports Journalism Center website in July 2011.

Scenes help drive stories.

But sportswriters can’t develop scenes unless they do their research – interviewing, observing and researching.

In journalism, interviews frequently trump other methods – especially on deadline. In Tyler Dunne’s case, interviews yielded several wonderful scenes for his first big piece for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, an 1,800-plus word story on Packers rookie running back Alex Green. Dunne began calling sources before he officially started as the team’s new beat writer for Green Bay, having replaced Greg Bedard who departed for the Boston Globe. Continue reading