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Reporting on turnovers and missed kicks in high school football

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Mr. X, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    I am interested in learning how people on this board handle reporting on turnovers and missed kicks in high school football.

    In the most recent game I covered, the same player mishandled a punt that led to the winning field goal with less than two minutes to play, and missed an extra point that had he made it, would have allowed an attempt for a potential game-winning field goal, instead of the team playing for the victory and unsuccessfully going for the touchdown.

    My feeling is that you give the player's name because the key to good writing is providing details and who mishandled a punt or missed an extra point are important details.
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Would you name him if he had hit the kick?

    Then name him when he doesn't.

    Kids want the praise, they've got to take the blame.
  3. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    hopefully you are in this business to tell the truth and not something else.
  4. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    My rule with extra points is -- they are newsworthy when they are missed, but rarely when they are made. I guess the only time I would report a made extra point is when it is the winning point.
  5. Mr. X

    Mr. X Member

    I would say that I am in this business to tell the truth.
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    then you answered your own question.
  7. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    i got called on the carpet a few years ago by a major metro when i used the name of a kid who missed a late pat and another who fumbled inside 10-yard line on what would have been game-winning drive. they said their policy was not to identify players on negative plays.
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Name the paper. That's embarrassing.
  9. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    well you can get a CUE from my screenname.
  10. JakeandElwood

    JakeandElwood Well-Known Member

    If a player screws up you have to say that if it affects the game. If someone throws a pick for a TD you say so etc.
  11. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Report it, but be delicate. It's not the college or NFL...
    Mention the error, but you also shouldn't be calling him the goat or calling him out for the loss being his fault.
  12. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    You can always write a spring followup about the kid that missed the extra point in the big playoff game — and win an award.
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