When I start looking for story examples for my Sportswriting course, I inevitably start checking on recent posts by Tyler Dunne, the talented young NFL beat writer for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Like always, I found another gem to share with my students yesterday, a piece on the internal struggle faced by Packers lineman Evan [...]
Look at most college newspaper sports sections and you’ll see pretty much the same thing – stories about games: Precedes, folos, sidebars, columns. Sometimes, live tweets. Unfortunately, few college sports sections focus on stories outside the lines, as the Indiana Daily Student did this week. Why the dirth of non-game coverage? Habit. Laziness. Lack of [...]
So what do you do when the main people involved with a controversial decision refuse to talk? Find other sources, keep digging, learn as much about the situation as possible. Ultimately, you can probably gather enough stories, documents and details to reveal new perspectives, if you work hard and think creatively. Reporting like this is [...]
Athletic boosters love to say their programs are self-sustaining. Of course, that is never the case. Sports at all universities rely upon state tax dollars to help pay salaries, travel expenses, and equipment, among other things. Boosters like to cite money generated but usually fail to acknowledge money supplemented from taxes and fees.
Consider the subsidies [...]