The Essentials Of Sports Reporting And Writing by Scott ReinardyThe Essentials Of Sports Reporting And Writing by Scott Reinardy

The Essentials Of Sports Reporting And Writing

byScott Reinardy, Wayne WantaEditorScott Reinardy

Paperback | January 4, 2015

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InThe Essentials of Sports Reporting and Writing, authors Scott Reinardy and Wayne Wanta employ their own professional experience as sports writers and editors to give students a useful and practical view of the sports writing profession. The text is divided into readily digestible sections, covering essential topics such as types of stories; background and preparation; interviewing; the beginning stages of writing; and conclusion writing.

Through real-life examples, readers learn the in-and-outs of writing columns, advances and follows, sidebars, profiles, and features, as well as the stylistic and ethical considerations that go into writing sports content.

New to the second edition are:

  • "Professional Perspectives" where working sports journalists give their insiders' look at the work they do.
  • A chapter on the intricacies of international event reporting
  • A chapter providing an honest view of what life as a sport journalist entails.

A companion website also accompanies the text. It includes supplemental materials for students and pedagogical support for instructors, including slide presentations, quizzes, and sample assignments.

Intended for journalism students planning a career in sports reporting, this text offers key insights on the practical and personal aspects of the work.

Scott Reinardy is a professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas.Since 2005, has received eight top research paper awards among national and international journalism and mass communications organizations. Elected the inaugural chair for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication'...
Title:The Essentials Of Sports Reporting And WritingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:420 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:January 4, 2015Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:041573780X

ISBN - 13:9780415737807

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Field of Sports Writing 

2. Preparation: Tools for Successful Sports Reporting and Writing 

3. Sports Writing: The Basics 

4. Beginnings I: Leads 

5. Beginnings II: Advanced Lead Writing 

6. Beginnings III: Overused Leads 

7. Middles I: Story Structures 

8. Middles II: Effective Interviewing 

9. Middles III: Use of Quotes 

10. Middles IV: Play-By-Play 

11. Story Endings 

12. Other Types of Stories I: Sidebars 

13. Other Types of Stories II: Advances and Follows 

14: Other Types of Stories III: Sports Columns 

15. Other Types of Stories IV: Features and Profiles 

16. Other Types of Stories V: Sports News and Enterprise 

17. Final Points I: Stylistic Errors to Avoid 

18. Final Points II: Sports Journalism Ethics 

19. International Affairs: Covering International Events. 

20: The Life 



Editorial Reviews

This book is a must-have read on the bookshelf of any young, aspiring sports journalist. Reinardy and Wanta will take you from a rookie to a veteran in 350 pages. Ray Murray, Associate Professor, Oklahoma State University