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On why everyone should be a sportswriter for a little while...

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

  1. STLIrish

    STLIrish Active Member

    A e-mail passed along from David von Drehle, posted recently on a good writing blog.


    As a sportswriter-turned-newsie, I'd say he makes some very good points.
  2. shockey

    shockey Active Member

    i've done both news writing and sports writing. no contest. sports writing is more challenging. :eek:
  3. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    Re: No. 5...my boss cares very much. I don't want to work for someone who doesn't.
  4. CapeCodder

    CapeCodder Member

    Girl--I get your point, but it's almost worse when you have a boss who cares too much about sports. I've worked for publishers who think that, because they know a little bit about sports, start making crazy suggestions about how to cover things ... when, in truth, they should be spending time with other things.
  5. imjustagirl2

    imjustagirl2 New Member

    But he/she is the boss for a reason. And I know I'd damn well better listen, even if I think the idea is crazy.

    I'm not going to win that argument.
  6. CapeCodder

    CapeCodder Member

    Good point ... I always made sure I was smiling politely when we had one of our meetings about "the direction" of the sports section.
  7. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    I think I used for work for your boss. Been there, been done like that.
  8. ZummoSports

    ZummoSports Member

    I've seen some newsies try to come over to sports later on, and it wasn't pretty.

    I can't speak for everyone out there, but a lot for some reason, all of the newsies I've worked with always seems to look down on us sports writers, but when the reality is that any of us can do their jobs, but the reverse is not true.
  9. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    I sent this out to some of our writers, one of whom sent it to our executive editor.
  10. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    We're getting a news summer intern from Local U. I'm making her cover a few sporting events because I think it's important to her journalism education. And I'll be making copies of this list.
  11. jaredk

    jaredk Member

    With all that going for it, why do it "a little while"? What's wrong with forever?
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