Sports Journalism introduces students to sports reporting careers and to the writing style sports writers and media relations professionals use. The book stresses the importance of basic writing fundamentals and high ethical standards, essential values for sports journalists. Introductory chapters acquaint readers with issues and challenges in an industry in transition: changing technology, multimedia capability, citizen journalists and bloggers, shrinking news holes, and the deadline-dictated lifestyle of sports journalists. Skills chapters elaborate on news values and the conventions of journalism as they apply to sports writing. From leads to nut grafs, inverted pyramid to Model T, simple sentences to headlines, interviewing to using quotations, Sports Journalism focuses on the basics. The book expands the writer's experience into building relationships with sources and media contacts, using numbers and statistics, practicing AP style, and abiding by legal and ethical standards.
Kathryn T. Stofer is associate professor of communication arts at Hastings College. James R. Schaffer is professor of journalism at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Brian A. Rosenthal is a sports writer at the Lincoln Journal Star.
Part 1 The Art of Reporting Chapter 2 Living the life Chapter 3 Covering the game Chapter 4 Finding sources Chapter 5 Asking questions Chapter 6 Working with media Part 7 The Craft of Writing Chapter 8 Choosing your words Chapter 9 Writing the story Chapter 10 Following the style Chapter 11 Making numbers count Chapter 12 Highlighting the greats Chapter 13 Appendix A: AP Stylebook and Guide, sports section Chapter 14 Appendix B: SPJ Code of Ethics Chapter 15 Appendix C: Glossary of news and sports terms