Six Points to Sportswriting?

As unorganized as the session may have been, Steven E. Ames’ session on Sportswriting was…well, interesting. Ames used to be a professor at Pepperdine University and wrote a book on design. But he taught us six points to sportswriting.

Unfortunately, I could not decipher what the six points were. There were mentions of gathering, synthesizing and producing. I think that’s what he was trying to say about sportswriting. There were some good little tidbits of information:

  • For a non-daily game story, get to the coaches and players while the emotions are still prime. Face-to-face works the best.
  • Talk to BOTH coaches and at least three players for game stories.
  • Edit, edit, edit and read the story ALOUD (not ALLOWED, as I first wrote in my notes).
  • Use as many names in your story as possible.
  • Know the rules about the sports of which you are writing.
  • Be careful of overplaying the hero.
  • Don’t wear your school to the press box.

Pretty simple.

– Zachary Horner


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