I’ll be tweeting at @joegisondi from a college women’s basketball game tonight with students from my sportswriting class assigned to the game between Eastern Illinois University and Oakland College. I’ll offer tips on how to cover basketball games, include observations about the game, and share challenges faced by my students. I will tag most comments [...]
Let’s face it: print newspapers are dead – especially among younger sports fans. This is not breaking news, by any means, but I thought (hoped) that college sports fans would still break out their favorite sections in the Chicago Tribune, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Chicago Sun-Times to catch up on the Cardinals, Bears, Cubs, White [...]
Say what you will, Deadspin produces some terrific sports content. Today, the site’s editors offered several topnotch stories, including:
an analysis of the crazy riots in Lexington, Ky., where fans started fires, fired guns at one another, set off fireworks and surfed atop cars.
a compelling, thorough and sometimes humorous series on umpires by Erik Malinowski that [...]
Need another reminder that you (and your publication) need to tweet early and often? On average, 10,000 people tweeted on the Super Bowl during the final three minutes. That’s 1.8 million tweets – and that’s just those who decided to include a hashtag for #SuperBowl. About 8,000 tweets were fired off each second for five [...]
Want to see the future of sports journalism, where everything is aggregated as it happens? Then, check out the New York Times‘ coverage of Super Bowl XLVI, where staffers are blogging, tweeting, and answering questions. While none of this is really new, few media organizations offer all at once, probably because producing this live-running story [...]
Blogging is hard.
Even now, I’m thinking, ‘What can I say that I haven’t said before about sports journalism?’ Plenty. Worse, I know it. But I have used this excuse for several months, convincing myself that I need to dive into my other writing projects. So the blog has essentially been adrift since July.
Don’t stop tweeting before the game is over, as several newspapers did last night. One college paper tweeted a tight basketball game until the final 3:47 and then stopped. A few others stopped as early as halftime. That’s just a tease. If you are going to tweet at games, you MUST offer the final scores [...]
Check out the Indiana Daily Student’s sports blog for a good read and for great examples on how to cover a college beat. On the Hoosier Hype blog, the IDS staff posts game stories, game previews, notes, live chats and breaking news (like Indiana securing the No. 2 men’s basketball player in the country, according [...]
The fans are nearly as active as the athletes at cross country events, racing across the course to watch the runners during key points and mile markers. That’s what happened this afternoon at the Lavern Gibson course in Terre Haute, Ind., during the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s championships.
Want to [...]
You know you’re being controversial when someone in the audience accuses you of aligning with Skynet, the robotic force that nearly destroys the world in the movie “Terminator.”
But that was the case in St. Louis this morning here at the Mid-American Press Institute sports conference.
Challenging assumptions is never easy. Erik Smelser, who essentially directs online [...]
Sometimes, I assume everybody’s on board when it comes to the Internet. I assume that most newspapers and college journalism programs realize how to use multimedia. And we all know what happens when one assumes.
Spoke with some college students here at the Mid-America Press Institute sports conference in St. Louis who shook their heads when asked [...]