Posts Tagged ‘ journalism ’

Steps to writing an amazing, super-terrific news story

March 27, 2014
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Steps to writing an amazing, super-terrific news story

The more student stories I read, the more I realize I need to condense reporting to its basics. I’ve never been one to base my courses on a text; rather, texts have been companions to class lectures, discussions, etc. Next fall, I am going to begin the semester by evaluating professional news stories and...
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Take chances, vary approaches when writing sports columns

November 9, 2013
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Take chances, vary approaches when writing sports columns

Ron Higgins had never left a press box during a football game in his 20 years of reporting. This time, though, he knew he had no choice. Craig Zeigler, a tight end for Ole Miss, lay on the football field, his leg broken in two spots and twisted in a grotesque position after being leg-whipped by...
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Lure sports fans who already know the score

October 11, 2012
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Lure sports fans who already know the score

So how do you write a game story for those who have already watched a sports event – or who at least have viewed countless highlights? By focusing more on key moments and less on play by play. Play by play should can be more heavily used for prep and youth games that few people...
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Beat reporters usually know the truth

April 20, 2010
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So did K.C. Johnson do the right thing by not reporting the shoving match between Chicago Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro and the team’s executive VP for basketball operations, John Paxson? It’s easy for Craig Sager to rip Johnson for not reporting this incident. To Sager, this story is another salacious anecdote that causes...
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Coverage commandments for a new semester

January 7, 2010
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Coverage commandments for a new semester

Those who fail to plan, plan to fail. And those who sit around, hoping to find stories on the fly, buzz back with poor coverage. Or something like that. Anyway, here are a few tips for planning sports coverage for the new semester. 1. Assign writers to specific beats, allowing them to immerse themselves into...
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