Field Guide to Covering Sports

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
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
Auto Racing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Track and Field
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

the theoretical background is prity thin

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

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ISBN: 9781604265590