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Concept trumps content in interactive World Cup story

June 6, 2014
By Joe Gisondi
Concept trumps content in interactive World Cup story

Concept trumps content for this New York Times interactive story on the 2014 World Cup, which is set to kick off June 12 in Brazil. This story is an animated storybook about the despair Brazilians felt after they lost the 1964 World Cup on a late goal, entitled “My travels with the Curse of...
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Tips for covering large track & field meets

May 23, 2014
By Joe Gisondi
Tips for covering large track & field meets

Let’s talk track and field coverage. In many states, sectional and state meets are tacking place during the next few weekends, including here in Illinois, where high school girls compete for titles at EIU’s O’Brien Field – a short walk from the house. Like high school...
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APSE offering sports scholarships

May 8, 2014
By Joe Gisondi

The Associated Press Sports Editors will award four $1,500 scholarships to collegiate sports journalists. Deadline is June 1.  Here’s the announcement: “APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in ...
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Writing For Our Lives: Gary Smith’s Stories Will Be Missed

May 1, 2014
By Joe Gisondi
Writing For Our Lives: Gary Smith’s Stories Will Be Missed

The incomparable Gary Smith is retiring from Sports Illustrated, where he spent the past 32 years writing pieces that were both compelling and illuminating for readers and were journalistic...
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How to separate yourself from other college sportswriters

March 29, 2014
By Joe Gisondi

This past week, a student wrote requesting advice on ways to prepare to be a sports journalist – and, even more so, how to distinguish himself among the hundreds...
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Steps to writing an amazing, super-terrific news story

March 27, 2014
By Joe Gisondi
Steps to writing an amazing, super-terrific news story

The more student stories I read, the more I realize I need to condense reporting to its basics. I’ve never been one to base my courses on a text;...
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