Writer Blogger Videographer Radio & TV Commentator Webmaster
Cover their team Give fans inside access Break news Develop sources
Capture the anticipation Find a new angle Remember the basics Significance of the matchup Key players, team records, rivalry, injuries
Lead includes 5 w’s and key element Nut paragraph Body of story in chronological order Avoid hometowning Use action verbs and crisp, lively words
Gives reader perspective Measures performance How is the writing style different? Use of hyphenated modifiers Metaphors, Similes and Alliterations
Opinionated Timely and relevant Written in first person Backed with facts Conversational
Action verbs, literary style Sports jargon Seven Steps to Error-Free Stories Avoiding redundancies and clichés Writing for Broadcast
Primary sources – coaches, players, AD Secondary sources – teammates, family, fans Material sources – print publications Behind-the-scene sources – boosters, ex- players, friends of the program
Don’t burn your source Verify the information Try to find someone who will speak on-the- record
What purpose do quotes serve? What are direct quotes? What kind of quotes should be paraphrased? What is attribution? Best attributive verb?
Handling tips from anonymous sources Primary and secondary sources What it means to be “off the record” Blogs vs traditional print – how rules differ Importance of accuracy
How do you set up an interview? How do you prepare for the interview? What physical tools should you bring? Why use open-ended questions? Why avoid leading questions? Key to asking follow-up questions? Body language and environment?