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Poynter: Introduction to Sports Reporting

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by reformedhack, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    "You can never know too much about the intricacies of a sport that you’re covering. Your knowledge of the details will improve your coverage of any sports event. Here are several ways to get up to speed on the basics."


    I, for one, look forward to more installments of the academic approach to sports coverage. The phone lines are open. Discuss.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2016
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Your colleagues might have some tricks or advice they can share to make your first assignments easier. They might share a tradition a team has before they get on the field.

    Hey kid, be sure to talk to the starting pitcher before the game. He'll be eager to discuss strategy for the night.
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  3. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    juju. Find out what causes bad juju.
  4. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Member

    Does it cover that all-important topic -- how to cost a kid a scholarship? :)
  5. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    Make every question an imperative statement by starting with "Talk about..."
  6. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Those are good, basic suggestions. I bet the course is helpful.
  7. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

  8. Monday Morning Sportswriter

    Monday Morning Sportswriter Well-Known Member

    Get the rules from the league. Leagues at all levels will try to help reporters and the public better understand their sport.

    Yes, especially your local Little League.
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    Something like this could be theoretically useful for news siders at small papers that have to fill in on football Fridays. That's the nicest thing I can think of to say.
  10. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    I don't care how much some dude can teach me about pickleball, the fastest growing sport in America I'm told, we're not covering it any more than we would beer league softball.
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