No Time Outs: What It's Really Like to be a Sportswriter Today

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Taylor Trade Pub., 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 296 pages
The popular perception of the modern-day sportswriter is of a pleasant schlub whose entire clothing rotation consists of half a dozen Hawaiian shirts, two pairs of jeans, and a pair of flip-flops, and whose days are spent watching men and women play games. The truth, according to Pulitzer Prize nominee Christopher Walsh, is that sixty hours is a short workweek for a sportswriter. Covering Super Bowl XXXV, for example, Walsh averaged four hours of sleep a night, wrote twenty-six articles, and barely even saw the game. "Sports journalism is not easy," Walsh writes. "It does not pay well. The hours can be lousy. Most writers grow eary of the aggravation, get burned out and leave the business." But sportswriting for him is still, in many ways, a "dream job."

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So You Want to Be a Sportswriter
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About the author (2006)

Christopher Walsh has been an award-winning sports writer for 14 years and currently covers Alabama football for the Tuscaloosa News. In 2005 alone, Walsh has won several awards including the First Amendment Award, New York Times Chairman’s Award, as well as receiving a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Walsh also received first place honors for a sports feature from the Alabama Press Association, and awards in both sports deadline reporting and sports non-deadline reporting categories from the Alabama Associated Press Managing Editors. Walsh's previous beats include the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Tampa Bary Buccaneers. He has covered two Super Bowls, numerous bowl games, playoffs in all major sports, and NASCAR. His articles have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Newark Star-Ledger. He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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