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1 Sports Writing in Journalism By Catherine Watson – DHS Student

2 Sports Writing  The basic idea of sports writing in journalism is to report about the local (or national) sporting events occurring.  Whether big or small, all events should be covered.

3 Covering Events  The point of a sports article is to focus on the important events that occurred during the game and the outcome of the game.  Record the most important or exciting parts. Readers find those the most interesting.

4 Deciding What to Cover?  Try covering all teams at least once in good detail.  Cover as much as you can about each sport or team in each issue.  Consider all successes  In a feature, cover outstanding players and/or achievements

5 Deciding What to Cover?  Leave some space for off campus sports. Students want to know about the non sponsored school sports and the local professional teams too!  Make sure it’s newsworthy and Timely  Remember: Readers would rather know the why and how rather than the who and what.

6 Writing Sports Leads  Most stories have events that occur in order. It should be that the most interesting or exciting thing that happened during the event is mentioned first.

7 What to Avoid in Your Lead  Date of the game- On Wednesday, the wrestling team will…  The name of the school or team- The Davis High Darts basketball team will…  Obvious facts- Once again it is volleyball season…  Any opinion- The baseball team played their best game of the whole season…  Non-newsworthy facts- The swim team competed in the state finals last week…

8 Sports Writing Pointers  Make sure all of the events are covered- especially the important ones!  You need to have “new information” especially if your paper doesn’t print for a while. The more facts you have, the better.  Take notes of key players, injuries, strengths and weaknesses of both teams.

9 More Pointers  Provide information about both schools. Everything you know about your school should be known about the other school as well.  Know names. The players and coaches have names- use them!  Use the inverted pyramid when putting your story together.

10 Reporter Guidelines  Understand the game. Stay updated on the rules and terms used.  Get to know everyone involved. Whether they are players, coaches or managers, they all give you the best information for your story.  Watch, take notes and observe everything about the game.  Catch up on the history of the team. Know what they’ve done in past years.

11 More Guidelines  good-sports-journalism.html good-sports-journalism.html  This video gives a basic idea of what is expected when writing good sports journalism.

12 Interviews  Understand what you are interviewing about. Asking “what do you do?” may offend someone you’re talking to.  Know who your interviewee is and their name before you talk to them.  Have an idea of who you want to interview during the game, then take notes specifically about them to ask them questions about it later.

13 Questions to Ask  What challenges has the team faced?  What made the season exciting?  Who were the most challenging opponents?  What were the strengths and weaknesses of the team?  What are the future goals of this team?  What were the accomplishments/disappointments of the year?

14 Works Cited  Hall, Homer, and Logan Aimone. High School Journalism. New York: Rosen, 1986. Print  Danesco, B.. "Writing Sports Articles: Tips for Article Writing." N.p., 2011. Web. 3 Jan 2012..  Spencer, Jamal, perf. How to Write Good Sports Journalism. ehow, Web. 10 Jan 2012...

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