Few tasks are more daunting than the post-game interview, especially when it takes place late at night. Sports journalists are already nearly overwhelmed doing the following on deadline – filing an initial story online, racing downstairs to post-game conferences and/or dugouts to get comments from players and coaches, plugging these quotes into a second draft, [...]
The local volleyball coach refuses to speak to you after a loss. The football coach talks excitedly after a victory, but offers monosyllabic responses following a defeat. The basketball coach stares directly at you following a loss, daring you to ask a question.
Maybe the coach slams his headset to the ground, stomps his feet, or [...]
Are you going to be a shill or are you going to be a reporter? That’s what the Los Angeles Times’ T.J. Simers wants to know. In this terrific column, Simers focuses on how Tiger Woods and boxer Floyd Mayweather each tried to intimidate reporters last week in order to avoid responding to the tougher questions. [...]
The Indiana Daily Student, which does a terrific job covering sports, tweeted many interesting comments and insights about its basketball team last night. But what struck me the most was the term – media availability. That’s a chilling term, really. When did universities start curtailing access and inhibiting speech? When they started to allow athletic [...]
Major League Baseball issued a dress code for reporters in press boxes and locker rooms that requires common sense, forbidding open-faced shoes like sandals and clothing with any MLB team logos. That’s akin to telling college sports journalists not to wear clothing that identifies them as a representative of their own school, nor to wear [...]
First impressions are terribly important. So make a better one by introducing yourself to the coaches and sports information directors you will work with this season – in their offices, not out on the field where they will be working. You would not want people introducing themselves to you on deadline, right?
Keep these conversations off [...]
Before Sarah Jones can interview an athlete at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she must contact the athletic department and let them know about the scheduled meeting. As sports editor of the Equinox, Jones is required to cite the date, time and place where she will interview the player.
At the University of Texas in Austin, reporters are [...]