Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Who's your columnist #2

Your comment must be posted no later than 30 minutes before the Tuesday Feb. 3 class.

You must include the URL of the column so that your classmates can read the column, too.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Pictured at right: John Harper of the New York Daily News (Sara Ronken will be following Harper this semester).

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Maureen Nasser: 3 things

Maureen Nasser is in her fifth year as Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations.
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.

GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Maureen Nasser's presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Tuesday Feb. 3. No exceptions!

Who's your columnist #1

Your comment must be posted by 30 minutes before the Tuesday Jan. 27 class.
You must include the URL of the column so that others can read the column, too.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Pictured at right: ESPN's Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy (Eric Vitoff will be following Simmons this semester).

Sports columnists, books, movies and stuff

Gunston may be on the back burner at George Mason University, but the Tickle Me Gunston blog for Comm371-001/Sports Writing & Reporting is back!
So, welcome to the class. You become a part of a network of nine years of students have taken this class before you. That is not insignificant, as you will learn throughout the semester.

But first things first: Have you taken Comm303/Writing Across Media? I ask because that course provides you with a foundation in Associated Press Style, which we use in journalism and this course. Without that foundation, you will struggle to succeed in this class. So if you lack that foundation, you need to talk with me.

Now to some resources:
-- Everyone is responsible for following a
sports columnist throughout the semester (Eric Vitoff has already requested Bill Simmons of ESPN). I will assign the columnists on a first-come basis and list them with links online in your syllabus.
-- Everyone is responsible for choosing a
sports-related book and sports-related movie, writing a 2-page, double-spaced review, and giving an short presentation in class (again, see your syllabus).

We will review all this in class.
See you in 319 Innovation Hall!