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For reporters covering the Olympics, a mix of chaos and wonder

Christine Brennan initially was very positive in her assessment of how the Olympics were going in a response to my email over the weekend. However, her reply on Saturday had this line. "Anything can happen this coming week, but so far, Rio is pulling this off," wrote the USA Today columnist and CNN contributor who is covering her 17th Olympics. Read More
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These will be the 5 biggest sports journalism stories in 2016

The best part of this business always is dealing with the unknown. At some point this year, stories will explode that nobody expected. Major issues and controversies will grab everyone’s attention, requiring swift reaction and analysis. So be prepared. Until then, here are a few things to watch for in sports journalism at the dawn of 2016. Undefeated: This will … Read More
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Advice to graduates: Make your work stand out

W.C. Heinz’s “Death of a Racehorse” was the first reading assignment of my first class as a graduate student at the Missouri School of Journalism. Greg Bowers, who is sports editor of the Columbia Missourian and teaches sports journalism, had us analyze the craft at work in the piece, which was written on deadline for the New York Sun … Read More
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Ed Sherman: The top sports journalism story of the year

To gain perspective on the two biggest stories in sports journalism in 2015, you need to dial up a podcast from two years ago. On Aug. 15, 2013, Jason Whitlock was Bill Simmons’ guest on his “BS Report” podcast for Grantland. Yes, it can be found, and in light of what happened this year, the interview sounds laughable and … Read More
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Legendary L.A. Times sports journalist on the past and future of sports reporting

Bill Dwyre (Screengrab from L.A. Times)You will be hard pressed to find anyone with a more unique perspective on the epic shifts in sports journalism than Bill Dwyre. After 25 years as sports editor of the Los Angeles Times, Dwyre sought a change in 2006. He wanted to spend the final years of his career writing as a columnist. Read More
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The problem with the dwindling media access to college athletes

One-on-one interviews with college football players, like West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, are getting hard to come by. (AP Photo file photo 2014)During my early days as the new national college football writer for the Chicago Tribune, I went to Florida State to do a story on Deion Sanders in 1988. He was the big star for the … Read More
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One journalist's journey from ESPN to shining shoes

Screengrab from the Jeff-Bradley.com post about the sportswriter's out-of-work life. For the bulk of his professional life, Jeff Bradley has spent his summers at a Major League ballpark. He had high-profile beats covering baseball for ESPN The Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger. But last summer was different. Struggling to make ends meet ever since being let go by the … Read More
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New ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady will be an advocate for readers

It didn’t take long for Jim Brady to experience some of the fallout that comes with being associated with ESPN. While people in the industry lauded the network naming him as its new public editor Friday, Brady was the target of many negative shots on social media. They included allegations that as a big Jets fan, the Long Island … Read More
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ESPN's mistake was not killing Grantland earlier

Each Sunday, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Sports Illustrated's Jacob Feldman send out an email newsletter called “The Sunday Long Read.” With input from readers, they select the week’s best in longform journalism from a broad range of subjects, including sports. Highly recommend you subscribe. The list includes a regular Classic pick, done each week by Politico's … Read More
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Why the phone can be better than email

At the dawn of 2015, I made a New Year's resolution. I vowed to try to rely less on email and actually use the good old-fashioned phone to reach out to public relations people on my various beats. Even if I didn't have anything on the agenda, I planned to dial someone's number just to see what was going on. Read More
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ESPN reporter writes about grief while dealing with it himself

ESPN Reporter Ivan Maisel interview Stanford Quarterback Kevin Hogan about grief, while the reporter was grieving his own loss. (Screengrab from ESPN video)Ivan Maisel had done many stories through the years about a player or coach returning to action after suffering the loss of a loved one. But this was different. On Sept. 5, Maisel posted a piece … Read More
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Veteran sportswriters struggle to come to terms with being laid off by New York Daily News

Filip BondyFilip Bondy started hearing rumblings last Wednesday that the New York Daily News was making massive cuts. Despite generating high-quality work during his 22 years on the sports staff, he knew everyone was vulnerable. "I didn't wait for the call," Bondy said. "I called them and asked, ‘Am I still working there?' [The person on the other end] … Read More
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Eight language lessons from Yogi Berra

Hall of Famer Yogi Berra waves before an induction ceremony at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 2009. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Now it's over.  Yogi Berra has died at the age of 90. He leaves behind a legacy of baseball greatness, and a propensity for the memorable phrase.  Those of us who quote people for a … Read More
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Not done yet: ESPN's Van Natta says follow-ups likely after takeout on Patriots

Screengrab from ESPN's investigation of the Patriots and the NFL. This won't come as good news for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the New England Patriots. Don Van Natta says there might be a Round 2 to last week's big ESPN Magazine story illustrating how Goodell used the penalties levied on the Patriots for "Deflategate" as a make-up … Read More
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The slow death of baseball box scores in newspapers

Orioles-Mets box score from Aug. 20, 2015 (Flickr Photo Mike Fitzpatrick)Forget "Dick and Jane." I learned to read by studying the baseball box scores in the newspaper. Many of you probably did the same if sports dominated your early years. Once you deciphered the code, the box score provided almost everything you needed to know about a game. It told … Read More