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Think all it takes to be successful sportswriter is a love of sports? Read Sportswriting: The Lively Game and find out—sports fan is one thing: a sports report is another!

Conrad C. Fink, veteran journalist, editor and the author of Bottom Line Writing: Reporting the Sense of Dollars and Writing Opinion for Impact, provides another common sense, real-life approach for journalism or sports management students wishing to break into the exciting, fast-paced world of sportswriting.

In vivid writing that is packed with the realities of sports reporting, Professor Fink provides insight only a veteran journalist can, such as:

* Media strategies for you and your editor

* Defining your demographic target

* What are the new sports values

* Who are your competitors in the sports arena

Learn to write quickly yet with impact; seek out the offbeat and unusual stories your editor and readers want; and recognize the potential conflicts inherent to sports reporting.

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Editorial Reviews

Presents a common-sense approach for journalism or sports management students wishing to break into the world of sportswriting. Shows how sports coverage fits into the overall journalistic mix, then covers reporting key elements and the broader picture, writing basic sports news, reporting on major and other sports, and writing columns. Features many examples and exercises. Fink teaches newspaper strategy and management at the University of Athens, Georgia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Sportswriting: The Lively Game provides the reader with a common sense, real-life approach for sports journalism and sports enthusiasts with an informative introduction to the exciting, fast-paced, competitive world of sportswriting. Conrad Fink provides a vividly written, highly recommended, information packed presentation on the realities of sports reporting replete with insight that only a veteran sports journalist could provide. The "reader friendly" text is enhanced with chapter summaries, recommended reading lists, exercises, glossary and index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813822464
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/16/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Conrad C. Fink is the William S. Morris professor of Newspaper Strategy and Management in the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and director of the James M. Cox, Jr. Institute for Newspaper Management Studies, University of Georgia, Athens. Fink previously held several positions with The Associated Press, including reporter, editor, foreign correspondent and vice president.

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Table of Contents



Part One: The Kickoff.

1. The Writer’s Arena.

2. What You Owe Your Readers.

Part Two: Our Blocking and Tackling: Strong Reporting.

3. Reporting the Key Elements.

4. Reporting the Wider Picture.

Part Three: Making the Writer’s Muse Move.

5. Writing It Straight.

6. Taking Readers Beyond the Score.

Part Four: Covering the Majors.

7. Covering Football: A Case Study.

8. Covering Baseball.

9. Covering Basketball.

Part Five: Covering the Others.

10. The Wider World of Sports.

Part Six: Columns: The Winner’s Circle in Sportswriting.

11. Writing Game Columns.

12. In This Corner.


Name Index.

Subject Index.

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