Introduction to Sports Reporting

Course Overview

Introduction to Sports Reporting
Self-Directed Course
Time Estimate:
Four hours

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About Self-Directed Courses

In a self-directed course, you can start and stop whenever you like, progressing entirely at your own pace and going back as many times as you want to review the material.

Sports reporting isn't as easy as being a fan of sports. There are advantages to understanding a particular sport, but ultimately a sports reporter needs to find the storyline and write the story in a way that brings the reader to the event.

This course will teach you to dig deeper for a more meaningful storyline and avoid rehashing stats and scores. You'll learn how to approach each and every assignment with a process before, during and after the game that will help you assess and master the story on deadline.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to prepare for your story before the game begins
  • Know what to look for during a sporting event
  • Who to interview after the game
  • How to size up your stats and notes to find a storyline
Who should take this course:

Sports fanatics, student reporters and journalists not privy to covering sports.

Course Instructor:

Joe Gisondi

Joe Gisondi covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. He started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. He’s been hooked on sports journalism ever since. He is now associate professor and faculty adviser to the Daily Eastern News at Eastern Illinois University where he teaches courses on newswriting, advanced editing, sports and the media, and sports writing.