Real Sports Reporting

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Abraham Aamidor
Indiana University Press, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 260 pages
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If you want to know how something is done, why not ask an expert? For Real Sports Reporting, journalist Abraham Aamidor recruited top sportswriters and editors from major media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Denver Post, and Indianapolis Star, to write about their experiences and lessons learned. The result is an engaging, informative, highly personal look at the real-life work of the sports journalist. Chapters devoted to baseball, football, basketball, soccer, golf, and other sports give readers the inside story on what it's like to cover a beat. Full-text articles provide samples of the contributors' published work, followed by fresh and candid critiques by the authors themselves. Issue-oriented chapters address topics ranging from covering college, professional, or small-town sports, to ethical dilemmas in reporting, coverage of women's sports, and racism in sports. With all the immediacy of an informal chat with the country's leading sportswriters, this book is a valuable guide for beginning journalists and aspiring sports reporters. It provides sports fans in general with a fascinating view behind the headlines.

Contributors:
Abraham Aamidor
Elliott Almond
Mark Ambrogi
Larry Ames
Larry Anderson
Bill Buchalter
John Cherwa
Pat Forde
Scott French
Jeff Gordon
Bob Hammel
Melanie Hauser
Philip Hersh
Garry Howard
Michelle Kaufman
Dick Mittman
Tim Povtak
Nelson Price
Danny Robbins
Jim Rossow
Steve Salerno
Adam Schefter
Howard Sinker
Jay Weiner

 

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Contents

Golf Melanie Hauser
81
Baseball Howard Sinker
110
I0 Writing Columns Pat Forde
125
Introduction to Part II Bill Buchalter
139
Covering College Sports Jim Rossow
150
Covering Sports in Small Communities Larry Anderson
160
Sports Reporting and Investigative Journalism Danny Robbins
168
Sports Profiles Nelson Price
178
Dramatic Narrative in Sportswriting Elliott Almond
191
Freelance Sportswriting Steve Salerno
202
Reporting on the Business of Sports Jay Weiner
214
So You Want to Be a Sports Editor Garry Howard
225
Fair Play? Michelle Kaufman
233
Racism and Sports Abraham Aamidor
244
Ethics John Cherwa
249
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About the author (2003)

Abraham Aamidor, a staff writer for The Indianapolis Star, has reported for The Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and The St. Louis Globe-Democrat. He is author of Real Feature Writing (1999) and Editor of Real Sports Reporting (IUP, 2003). He lives in Carmel, Indiana.

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