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.
– Zachary Horner