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Sports journalism textbook

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Screwball, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. Screwball

    Screwball Member

    I teach a spring semester college class in sports reporting. I have used the AP Sports Writing Handbook as my text in past years, but the examples are becoming too dated for college-age students (McGwire? Sosa? Andro? What was that about?)

    I would appreciate any ideas for a new textbook. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Not a sports journalism "how-to" textbook per se, but this anthology has numerous examples of great journalism and feature writing, some of it about sports:

    http://www.amazon.com/Art-Fact-Historical-Anthology-Journalism/dp/0684846306
     
  3. RedSmithClone

    RedSmithClone Active Member

    Not sure about this year, but why don't you and me get together at some point and write our own text book that we could have published and used not only in your class, but across the country? Then like a lot of other profs, you make extra cash on the side for each book sold for your class and by other schools.
     
  4. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    What about Strunk and White's Elements of Style?
     
  5. RedCanuck

    RedCanuck Active Member

    While I applaud your initiative to find current material — and love the idea of writing a text (can I get a cut?) — if references to McGwire and Sosa are really over anyone's heads, I'd have to wonder what they're doing in a sports reporting class.
     
  6. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Mr Canuck,

    You can ask that question of most in any journalism class. Knowledge of current events never mind past ones ...

    I'm guessing but based on my experience ... The kids who want to get into the field will know McG and Sosa but administrators realize that's probably 20 percent of your class and course material is targeted at the median or slightly below. You have to teach sports-j to people who'll end up in corporate pr or something along those lines. Effectively you're not teaching sports-j (or any other specific j discipline) to people who aspire to do it but rather to those who might learn some broader lessons that they can apply elsewhere. Not saying it's right, just saying it's so.

    YHS, etc
     
  7. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    In my class this semester, we're using Field Guide to Covering Sports by Joe Gisondi. It's a small spiral-bound book with chapters on covering pretty much every sport you can think of. And it costs $24.95, a bunch less than other textbooks I explored before choosing this one.
     
  8. farmerjerome

    farmerjerome Active Member

    Moddy brought up a great point on another thread.

    Are you just teaching about straight gamers and features? Or are you adding new mediums (internet, video) to your curriculum as well?
     
  9. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    It's nearly a decade old now, but certain advice never stops being timely. And I would take this man's advice on anything journalism-related. And on just about anything else, for that matter, apart perhaps from tips on eyebrow control.

    http://www.amazon.com/Sportswriting-Lively-Conrad-C-Fink/dp/0813822467
     
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Give them a textbook for another major.
     
  11. RedSmithClone

    RedSmithClone Active Member

    I still say a group of us work together to do an SportsJournalists.com sports journalism textbook.

    We make it modern with a chapter on web-based reporting (blogs, twitter, ect.).

    Who wants in on this project? With the we>, we can work on it over email and regional in-person meetings.
     
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'd have them read: Pond scum and Vultures, Red Smith's autobiography and a collection of work by Dan Jenkins or Frank DeFord.
     
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