Students are always going to stumble over coverage of sports events, especially on deadline, such as finding the best angles, selecting appropriate quotes, structuring stories effectively, asking probing questions, and determining key trends and plays. That’s part of the learning process. So is employing suitable terms.
Exercises in class can never fully replicate an actual sportswriting experience, the same way batting practice isn’t the same as facing a live pitcher in a game. Like batting practice, though, exercises can better prepare students for live action. That’s why I constantly develop practice sessions for my sportswriting class like the one outlined below.
Like most journalism teachers, I tinker with my syllabi all the time in order to find the most effective manner to present material and evaluate student work, even if perfection is impossible. The one constant – requiring students to get hands-on experience. In the past, my students have been assigned beats to cover the local [...]
Teaching a sports journalism class next semester? Here are a few things to consider.
1. Create a class blog where students must post stories with links, photos (and audio/video whenever possible.) You can use either Word Press or Blogger, but several more sites, such as Weebly, have popped up as well. I’m also creating a Facebook page and asking students to Tweet [...]