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Sportswriter or sports writer?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dennis Lin, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Dennis Lin

    Dennis Lin New Member

    This has been bugging me for a while. Which do you prefer?

    I realize AP style requires "sports writer," but in my personal writing I've flip-flopped between the two before settling on "sportswriter" ... for now.
  2. Suicide Squeezer

    Suicide Squeezer Active Member

    Per Frank Deford, sportswriter is one word.

  3. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    One word.
  4. mediaguy

    mediaguy Well-Known Member

    One word. Give AP style a few years and it'll catch up to us. (See "Web site")
  5. Double Down

    Double Down Well-Known Member

    Glenn Stout wrote a very good essay many years ago as the intro to BASW arguing why it's two words, the gist of it being that we are writers first, and at the moment, our subject in sports. I've always liked that, and thus, it's two words for me.
  6. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    As a profession, it's one word. In a byline, probably two, as in:

    Sports Writer
  7. Two words. It's not sportsreporter, is it?
  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    E-n-d-a-n-g-e-r-e-d s-p-e-c-i-e-s.
  9. murphyc

    murphyc Well-Known Member

    Agree. It's not sportseditor, either.
  10. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    Two words.
  11. doctorx

    doctorx Member

    One word. Can't afford two.
  12. Brad Guire

    Brad Guire Member

    I'd say two words. I'm neither a copsreporter nor a courtsreporter.

    Also, I prefer reporter over writer, even though our bylines call us writers.
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