Field Guide to Covering Sports
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Field Guide to Covering Sports



© 2010 | 336 pages | CQ Press

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How best to turn yourself from sports fan to professional sports journalist? Quickly moving beyond general guidance about sports writing, Joe Gisondi focuses on the nitty-gritty, with hands-on, practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, you’ll find tips on the seemingly straightforward—where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. Preparing you for just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament you’re likely to cover, Field Guide to Covering Sports is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand as you master the beat.

Using his Prepare-Watch-Ask-Write approach in each sports chapter, you will learn:

  • What to understand before play begins
  • What to look out for during competition
  • What to ask players and coaches
  • What essentials to include in your story

In addition to brief chapters on writing, interviewing and blogging, the Guide features useful “primers”: knowing the APSE ethical guidelines, avoiding clichés, working with Sports Information Directors, covering fantasy sports and broadcasting on the radio. A series of annotated score cards shows how reporters can keep track of stats and details, and assignments at the end of the book get you applying your new-found sports knowledge.

Two additional features round out helpful coverage: 

  • Sports Insiders include important tips based on author interviews with athletes, coaches and experienced sports reporters.
  • Digital Assist boxes showcase models to emulate when reporting with new media.

No sports reporter’s collection is complete without this unique guide.

 Click here to visit the author’s new web site and blog for regularly updated sports journalism coverage, advice, and more.

Coverage of Twenty Sports, Including:

  • Auto Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Football 
  • Golf 
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis 
  • Track & Field 
  • Triathlons
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

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Foreword by Will Leitch
 
Preface
 
I. GETTING STARTED
 
1. From Sports Fan to Sports Reporter
 
2. Writing Game Stories
 
3. Getting the Most Out an Interview
 
4. High School Sports
 
5. Beyond Games: Developing and Writing Features
 
6. Blogging: Finding a Unique Perspective
 
II. COVERING A BEAT
 
Auto Racing
 
Baseball
 
Basketball
 
Bowling
 
Cross Country
 
Field Hockey
 
Football
 
Golf
 
Ice Hockey
 
Lacrosse
 
Rowing
 
Rugby
 
Soccer
 
Softball
 
Swimming
 
Tennis
 
Track and Field
 
Triathalons
 
Volleyball
 
Wrestling
 
III. EXPLORING FURTHER
 
Primer A: Working with Sports Information Directors
 
Primer B: Avoiding Clichés
 
Primer C: Ethics: Sports Writers Can’t Act Like Fan
 
Primer D: Broadcasting Games on Radio
 
Primer E: Covering Fantasy Sports
 
Appendix: Assignment Desk
 
Notes
 
Index

the theoretical background is prity thin

Dr Ilan Tamir
school of communication, Bar-Ilan University
December 12, 2014

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ISBN: 9781604265590