Using History to Write Sports

Course Overview

Using History to Write Sports
Seminar Snapshot
Time Estimate:
23 minutes

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Senior Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff covers the ins and outs of writing the historical sports feature. In addition to providing helpful resources and tactics, Wolff shares some personal experiences and discusses the advantages of historical writing.
His presentation, "Mining the Past of Sports: The Art and Craft of the Historical Feature," was given at The Poynter Institute on April 13, 2006, as part of the Sports Journalism Summit.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to find story ideas and identify news pegs
  • How photographs can help build your story
  • Where to find valuable resources for historic sports writing
Who should take this course:

This course is for sports reporters and writers who are trying to make their writing richer. Any writer or blogger will get valuable tips from this Sports Illustrated veteran.


Alexander Wolff

Alexander Wolff has been a member of the Sports Illustrated staff since 1980.

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