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Major question

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SoSueMe, Apr 23, 2007.

  1. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    For those of you who cover college teams, do you never, rarely or often make mention of the athletes' majors?

    Example: "We're going to kick ass this weekend," said quarterback Bob Smith, a second-year basket-weaving major.

    I like to, and always have. I just think people would say "huh, I didn't know he studied astro physics."
  2. Depends on the major. I've worked it into a few features from time to time...
  3. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Don't use a major unless it pertains to the story.

    EDIT: Basically, what Omar said. Don't just use it as a throw-in.
  4. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    Yeah, I should have specified. I never use it in a game story. But I do in features.
  5. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I think it's a good idea in features.
  6. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    I think it should be a must in features. It says a lot about a kid, as much as his height and weight.
  7. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I'll mention it only if it pertains to the story, like if the subject is having to balance a big chemistry course load or something like that.

    The mere fact that Earl the linebacker is majoring in communications or physical education isn't going to add much to what I write.
  8. blondebomber

    blondebomber Member

    No, but it says an awful lot about their ambitions, whether they're in school to play sports or there to actual better themselves. How about doing a little reporting and ask the kid what he's going to do with his major?
  9. John

    John Well-Known Member

    I cover two SEC schools and neither one is Vanderbilt, so there's not much doubt about why they're in school.
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    what's oden's major? and who cares?
  11. carrie

    carrie Active Member

    Business Administration.
  12. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    the biz world surely is a better place.
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