Posts Tagged ‘ Field Guide To Covering Sports ’

National college sports media conference set for February

November 13, 2013
By Joe Gisondi
National college sports media conference set for February

Proud to announce that College Media Association is going to hold its first national sports media conference on Feb. 7-8 at The Newseum Institute First Amendment Center in Nashville, Tenn. We have several premier sports journalists scheduled to do sessions, including Lee Jenkins (senior writer at Sports Illustrated), Buster Olney (commentator and senior writer for...
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Sports journalism syllabi, grade sheets

November 20, 2012
By Joe Gisondi
Sports journalism syllabi, grade sheets

I just revised syllabi (below) for both my sports writing and sports and media courses here at Eastern Illinois University. As always, I want to address far more than is possible in a 16-week semester. I know many disbelieve that sports has relevance, but that’s simply not the case. While writing about games is...
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Some basic tips for improving game stories

March 8, 2012
By Joe Gisondi
Some basic tips for improving game stories

As I judged two state collegiate journalism competitions the past week, noticed a few areas where students can improve their coverage. Add insights from players and coaches. Many stories failed to include a single comment, which is almost inconceivable for today’s readers. Most others included brief comments from the local school team. Few offered comments...
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Ryan’s one of the all-time best sportswriters

February 16, 2012
By Joe Gisondi
Ryan’s one of the all-time best sportswriters

I wonder how many others, like myself, grew up reading and admiring Bob Ryan’s work at the Boston Globe? Plenty, I’m sure. He’s arguably been the best basketball writer in the country for decades. (Called the ‘real’ NBA commissioner by Bill Simmons.) Plus, he remains a premiere sports columnist. Last week, he put the current...
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Some approaches to teaching sportswriting

January 16, 2012
By Joe Gisondi
Some approaches to teaching sportswriting

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...
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Rugby emerging as NCAA sport

November 3, 2010
By Joe Gisondi
Rugby emerging as NCAA sport

Let’s be honest: Rugby has never had a great reputation. On college campuses, rugby’s image is even worse – players arriving drunk to club games, teams setting up fields on private fields, and fans screaming and drinking along the sidelines. The stories are endless. And players nurture the idea that the sport is wild...
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Download these scorecards to cover games

January 30, 2010
By Joe Gisondi

Taking notes is essential to finding trends, pointing out key plays and making assessments in games. To help with that, I’ve included several scorecards and forms that will assist in these tasks. You can find them on the right side of this page, under ‘Scorecards.’ In descending order, forms and scorecards are offered for baseball,...
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