The Essentials of Sports Reporting and Writing

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-12-12
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This text covers the full experience of sports writing. Authors Scott Reinardy and Wayne Wanta approach the topic using their own professional experience as sports writers and editors to give students a realistic view of the sports writing profession. After the overview and introduction to sports journalism, the authors move into the stages of article writing, organized around article beginnings, middles, and endings. The text also covers other types of sports stories, such as columns, profiles, and news, and addresses style and ethics issues. It provides students with a full understanding of how to produce quality content for sports stories, as well as offering insights as to what to expect in the sports reporter position. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Scott Reinardy is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas Wayne Wanta is a Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri, Columbia and was the 2006-2007 President of AEJMC

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Field of Sports Writingp. 1
Types of Sports Stories: The Basicsp. 8
Preparation: Tools for Successful Sports Reporting and Writingp. 10
Beginnings I: Basic Lead Writingp. 31
Beginnings II: Advanced Lead Writingp. 44
Beginnings III: Overused Leadsp. 56
Middles I: Story Structuresp. 67
Middles II: Effective Interviewingp. 84
Middles III: Use of Quotesp. 97
Middles IV: Play-By-Playp. 104
Endings I: Story Endingsp. 121
Endings II: What Needs to be Included in Sports Storiesp. 133
Other Types of Stories I: Sidebarsp. 136
Other Types of Stories II: Advances and Followsp. 147
Other Types of Stories III: Sports Columnsp. 157
Other Types of Stories IV: Features and Profilesp. 166
Other Types of Stories V: Sports News and Enterprisep. 176
Final Points I: Stylistic Errors to Avoidp. 193
Appendixp. 198
Final Points II: Sports Journalism Ethicsp. 213
Final Points III: Writing for Online and Bloggingp. 230
Glossaryp. 244
Referencesp. 341
Indexp. 344
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