Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
It was a pleasure speaking with you all last week. My main goal is to constantly give back and provide opportunities for those interested in breaking into the business.
In keeping with that theme, I have an opportunity for those of you interested in interning with Rivals.com.
Rivals.com is the No. 6 destination for internet sports fans worldwide, surpassing the unique visitor numbers of more “traditionally known” destinations like MLB.com, NBA.com, SI.com, CBSSports.com, as well as numerous others sites, providing interns an amazing amount of exposure and visibility to their work.
Candidates should be journalism or communications majors and have an interest in sports. The position will reward the chosen candidates with internship credit hours, a strong resume, as well as potential opportunities beyond the completion of the internship. The schedule is flexible.
Responsibilities include but not limited to:
Three original content items per week
Message board discussion with community fans visiting the site
Providing team, player, and recruiting coverage
Major in journalism or communications
A basic knowledge of HTML
Written and oral communications skills
Ability to develop and cultivate working relationships
Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass it along to the right people at Rivals.com
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Frank Deford had quite a bit to say about sports writing. What do you have to say about Deford?
Make a comment here for extra credit. Deadline is Tuesday classtime March 25.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
You must include the URL so that others can read the column, too.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great Spring Break (I'm in Fort Lauderdale!).
See you in class.
Our guest on Tuesday March 18 in class is Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise. Please prepare a question in advance of the class for Mike.
Our guest on Thursday March 20 in class in former USA Today assignment editor Don Collins. Please prepare a question in advance of the class for Don about the editor-reporter role.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Our guest Thursday March 6 in class is Washington Post sports writer Alan Goldenbach. Please prepare a question in advance of the class for Alan. Also, see the item about Alan below.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Before that, Greg was the sports director at WBTW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Florence, S.C. In 1998, he was chosen the state’s sportscaster of the year. He also won the AP award for best sports story that year. Then two years later, he won the AP award for best sports story in Pennsylvania.
Greg is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maryland. He majored in Radio, Television and Film.
GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Greg's presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Thursday Feb. 28 No exceptions!
DON'T FORGET your questions for USA Today sports writer Jeff Zillgitt for Thursday.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Many people forget that the game was a semifinal and that the U.S. won the goal medal by defeating Finland.
Joel has an extensive sports background -- we worked together at USAToday.com -- and will talk about multimedia production at USAT. You can expect plenty of examples.
The online version of the story includes video. That's good use of the online platform to enhance a print story.
You can read other stories online by Alan.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
"Through a window near his wheelchair, 17-year-old Nick Cafferky can see the top of a 20-foot-tall chain-link fence that wraps around a full-size basketball court in the back yard of his Great Falls home."
I hope you will read it and post your comments here for BJ.
BJ will visit class on Thursday March 27. You can read all his Post stories online.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
She joined USAT from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat as a general assignment reporter in 1984. She served as assistant sports editor from 1989 to 2007.
She is a Pioneer Award recipient of the Association of Women in Media (AWSM).
GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Julie's presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Thursday Feb. 14 No exceptions!
DON'T FORGET your questions for Mason Athletic Director Tom O'Connor on Thursday.
Friday, February 8, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
For students that will be attending Communication Day on Feb. 7 in Dewberry Hall, I look forward to meeting with you and hearing your ideas, aspirations, goals and gripes about your future as a sports writer or some other more financially-rewarding career!
Here's a quick synopsis of what I plan to discuss in a segment the Comm Department has labeled "Networking and Getting Ahead."
...There are three main things that I believe are crucial in Networking:
1. Earn it
2. Respect it
3. Give it Back
...Earn your place in your career. Work hard, invest in your long-term success and you'll see that a network will begin to build itself. Networking is not about using people, which is a common misunderstanding among young and eager professionals. Networking is about sharing yourself with others and earning your place in your career by developing a strong work ethic and product.
...By working hard and developing yourself as a professional, you will naturally develop a respect among your peers and colleagues; hence a network. This respect is only earned through hard work and it is this respect that will allow you to grow in your career. As a sports writer, your byline is your career. Respect it and hold it in high value and you'll watch your network grow.
Give it Back
...There are so many ways that a person can give back. Giving back is not always about being the most highly-regarded financial donor to a university. Giving back is about creating opportunities for others in your network and those who need one, for example up-and-coming professionals that need a break in the business. Giving back is the most important part of networking.
I look forward to meeting you all at Communication Day.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Jennifer Carroll works with newspapers throughout Gannett in developing strategy, readership and content initiatives in new media, from building digital communities through social networking to reaching niche audiences and innovative dimensions in public service journalism. She helped conceive and launch Gannett’s
She was named Gannett’s Corporate Staffer of the Year in 2006, and was a co-winner of the Chairman’s Special Achievement Award in 2007 for her work designing and implementing the
On Tuesday Feb. 5, our guest in class is Washington Post prep and takeout writer Alan Goldenbach.
Deadline for this exercise worth 3 final grading points is Thursday Feb. 7, 30 minutes before classtime.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Like my former colleague B.J. Koubaroulis, I was also the sports editor of the Broadside. I graduated in 2005 and currently work at The Star-Ledger, which is based in Newark, N.J., and is one of the largest daily newspapers in the country. I'm the beat writer for the New York Mets, a team most of you know just pulled off a major trade in acquiring Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins.
Covering sports in New York City is a different animal than anywhere else in the country. But it's especially crazy with baseball. On my beat alone, I compete with six other major metro papers and a reporter from MLB.com. Compare that with, say, the Washington Nationals. There you only have the Washington Post and the Washington Times as papers that travel full-time with the club.
What will get you in trouble in a market like New York is to be content with the status quo. I'm always searching for great story ideas, ways to improve our paper's Mets blog, and ways that I can improve my source-building. If you follow a pack-journalism mentality, writing what everybody else is writing, you'll end up with bland stories.
Going back to the Santana trade, it was a story that consumed our market. And that's even with a good chunk of the media at the Super Bowl. Our paper alone has 14 people (eight reporters, six photographers) in Phoenix right now.
Working on a major baseball story like that, you're not going to get any information at all from team officials. In fact, if you're the type of person that waits for news releases to write stories, you are in the wrong business. So you work the Blackberry, calling and e-mailing all the sources you've cultivated over time. (Another tip for future beat reporters: Develop a confident persona over the phone!)
I'm glad Steve gave me this forum to share some stories about covering baseball. If anybody ever needs advice or has a question, feel free to email me: email@example.com.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here's an interview with Maureen.
Also see this site for information about covering sports at George Mason.
If you plan to cover a George Mason sports event, you must notify the instructor by e-mail a minimum of 24 hours before the game or event so that I can forward your e-mail to the sports information office.
Your SUBJECT line MUST include Comm371-001/Sports Writing & Reporting, the game or event you want to cover, and the date.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Ed will talk to us in class on Tuesday Jan. 29 about deadline writing and AM/PM leads.
He is part of the Mason 371 network, having taken this course a few years ago. And he's one of our real success stories. Ed freelances for the Associated Press, covering George Mason men's and George Washington women's basketball.
Ed will be leaving the Metro D.C. area in mid-February to move to Charlotte, N.C.. We're going to miss him.
GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Ed's presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Thursday Jan. 31. No exceptions!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
First of all, it's pretty obvious that Joe Gibbs isn't around to reign in Danny Boy (Snyder) anymore.
DB is dismantling Gibbs' staff, firing both the defensive (Gregg Williams) and offensive coordinators Saturday and replacing at least one, offensive coordinator Al Saunders, with Jim Zorn.
Now, how do you hire an offensive coordinator when you haven't hired a head coach?
That's the rub. You don't.
Snyder has picked his man, and I doubt it's Jim Fassel. Danny Boy used Fassel for cover four years ago when he hired Gibbs. I think Fassel is being used for cover again because Snyder plans to hire Giants' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.
Why else would Snyder name Greg Blache (who I knew years ago when he was a grad assistant under Ara Parseghian at Notre Dame), who has never been a coordinator unless the owner plans to name a head coach with defensive coordinator experience?
And, given that Spagnuolo is busy preparing the New York Giants for the Super Bowl Feb. 3 against the New England Patriots, the last thing he wants or needs is a public distraction. So it makes sense for Danny Boy to protect him by running cover with Fassel.
Of course, as Dennis Miller likes to say, I could be wrong!
By the way, if you're not reading the Washington Post's Jason La Canfora's "Redskins Insider" blog, you're not keeping up with the news.
EXERCISE: What's the difference between this opinion piece I've written; George Solomon's lead column item, "Snyder's Search Is Becoming More and More Baffling," in Sunday's Washington Post; Mike Wise's column, "The Coldest Shoulder," in Sunday's Washington Post; and Jason La Canfora's lead story, "Williams, Redskins Part Ways," on the Redskins' coaching situation in Sunday's Post?
You can make your comment below.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Your choices will be posted on the class syllabus.
Tom Boswell of the WashPost is still out there.
Joe Posnanski of the KCStar, too.
And Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press.
Lots of good folks to choose from.
Your COMMENT for the first week MUST be posted here.
You must comment on a column by your columnist each week. That means your columnist needs to be writing each week. So, no Tony Kornheiser. He's a television/radio guy now. He rarely writes. That would be too much work!
Your comment must be posted by 30 minutes before the Tuesday class.
You must include the URL so that others can read the column, too.
Let me know if you have any questions.
See you in class.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Also, here's a fun take on Clemens's denials that he ever used steroids.
-- Alan Schwarz of the NYTimes: Clemens Faces Dangers of Spin in Steroid Case
Friday, January 4, 2008
Roger Clemens has now told essentially the same story to Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes." What did he say he used?
Lidocaine and [vitamin] B-12. It's for my joints, and B-12 I still take today, Clemens told Wallace in the interview.
So, who do we believe? Clemens' former trainer, Brian McNamee, had his story corroborated by Andy Pettitte, who admitted to using HGH.
As journalists, how do we cover people who could be caught in a lie without getting caught up in the situation ourselves?
Few situations have existed like the steroid story where journalists could have outed players for years, but never had the facts straight or the guts to do it. Buster Olney of ESPN.com, for one, has partially blamed himself and his colleagues for the lack of fortitude to cover the steroid issue better, earlier.
How do we cover the issue better so this doesn't happen again? Did journalists get caught being fans first and professionals second with their coverage of the situation?