Nov. 25, 2013/By Profs. Michaelis and Suggs

Please remember you need to have a portfolio page created by Dec. 2. It would be helpful to review your notes from Prof. Suggs’ discussion of these. We’re not looking for perfection, or even a fully finished product. We want to be able to quickly review your pages and talk about things you could add/subtract/change. Please email the link to your page to your respective lab section professor by midnight Dec. 1.

To wit (from Suggs): The journalism department is experimenting with requiring students to develop portfolios that enable them to showcase a) their best work in each class, b) provide evidence of their growth from class to class, and c) becoming their professional presence on the web to potential employers. We will be doing this as a kind of pilot for the department this semester.

Students may develop a website of their own choice and style, whether it be a WordPress site, a Tumblr, something on, or something they design themselves. They should create something they can use across multiple classes.

The requirements for the portfolio are as follows:
Appropriate visuals (something appropriate to you, not a generic illustration. Photographs should be ones you control/license).
Clean layout.
The page should introduce you and link to your bio or resume.
It should have links to three assignments for this class: your profile (establish a placeholder for now, and add it after you finish the profile), your write-thru, and a third of your choice.
It’s due 12/1.

For more information, check out

Nov. 18, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

For class Wednesday (11/20), please watch this video:

It was produced for another class, so you’ll see some references to papers and case studies specifically, but the skills are just as germane for you.

Nov. 14, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

For the students who will be with me for tomorrow’s review of the team event coverage: Please review all the items on the following three web sites for the class critique session.

W-Dawg Hoops

In The Game

Ahead of the Pace

Also, for everyone: Check out the new link in Readings. We might try to find some time in class to discuss this one.

Nov. 13, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

I don’t usually do this, but here are links to my lecture notes for today so you can explore some of the stories we’ll discuss.



Nut grafs


Conclusion and kicker


Interviews and logistics

Deadlines etc.

Nov. 11, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

A follow-up on the Q&A exercise we did in class today: Please write a short (350-500 words) story on the person you interviewed and post it to “Homework posts” by the start of class Wednesday. After the stories are posted, please critique the story that was written about you and at least one other story. The critiques shouldn’t be detailed edits, but you should note factual errors if there are any. You should try to read all of the stories, as this would be a great way to get to know your Grady Sports colleagues better.

If you were absent from class today, please choose someone you know who’s involved in sports and write 350-500 words about their personal sports story — primarily, what got them involved in sports, but feel free to explore other topics as they relate to that. Please post those to the “Homework posts” as well. You also need to do at least two critiques.

Nov. 8, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Grammar quiz

Oct. 28, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

I’ve posted a new recommendation in Readings, from former Washington Post sports journalist Leonard Shapiro on the culpability of the media in football violence. An excerpt: “But it’s not just the NFL that needs to fess up. The news media — television, print and digital — also must take some responsibility for frequently glorifying the unadulterated mayhem of this perilous competition. This includes all those war images in our prose: all-out blitzes, bombs down the field, defenders striking like heat-seeking missiles and head-hunting linebackers.”

Oct. 28, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Last-minute change to the schedule: Class will meet today in the lecture room, Journalism 402. Thanks.

Oct. 12, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Storify links from Friday’s assignment at Basketbash:



Oct. 9, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Please take some time to read the interview with New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kepner (link in the Readings). Lots of good stuff, from breaking into the business at a young age to writing game stories to dealing with Alex Rodriguez.

Oct. 7, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

We’ll have Lindsay Jones, an NFL beat writer for USA Today, guest speaking via Skype today. Please be ready with questions about prepping for games, covering events, making deadlines, and juggling social-media duties. Also, please read Jones’ Broncos-Cowboys game story and her Twitter feed.

Sept. 26, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

I will be teaching this course in the spring semester. If you have friends interested in taking it, there’s a POD application available now til October 15.

Poster for the site

I updated the Assignments page with details of Friday’s deadline game story assignment. Please read it thoroughly.

Sept. 19, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Please note that tomorrow’s class will be held in the lecture room (402). It was originally listed as a lab session. You should bring materials for keeping play-by-play — a notebook, pen, pencil, etc.

Sept. 19, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

Hi folks,

I got an interesting email last week from Max Tcheyan, a recruiting and writing program manager for Bleacher Report:

Bleacher Report’s Advanced Program in Sports Media is a three-month online enrichment class for undergraduate and graduate-level journalism students.  Participants receive thorough schooling in the nuances of 21st-century sports reporting, with an option to earn course credit for their work. Upon completing the program, most graduates secure positions as B/R Featured Columnists—and many Featured Columnists go on to secure paid employment with Bleacher Report and other media organizations. 

Might be a good experience for some of you. You might read this re B/R if you’re interested.

Sept. 18, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

For the class discussion on “Let Them Wear Towels,” comment on this post.

Sept. 15, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

Here are the assignments for advance stories. Note the bar below names that will allow you to click to future events. Add them to your calendar now to avoid any conflicts.

Sept. 11, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

The sign-up sheet for the rest of the field assignments for the year can be found here

  Sept. 6, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

If you have any questions about tonight’s assignment, especially logistics, please check details by clicking on the “Assignments” tab.

Sept. 3, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

Here is a link to Prof. Michaelis’s stat sheet:

And here are some recommendations for stats from Chris White last week:

Attached are several XLS files for stat keeping, though they can be printed out and kept by hand, as well. That’s how I’d use them, at least.

And here are some useful links to other stat sheets: I use the one above, just printed scaled down on 8.5×11 as it’s normally a legal-size sheet.

And finally here’s the NCAA stat manual:

There are a lot of interesting points in that manual, like how to determine who gets the yardage (and whether it counts as a rush at all) when a pitch happens more than a yard beyond the line of scrimmage, how to account for yardage gained on a play with a penalty, who gets credit and in what category for a bad snap, etc.).

  Sept. 3, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

For my lab section: Please check out your homework assignments below. Let me know if you don’t think I interpreted what you said correctly:

Aug. 29, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

I mentioned ESPNU’s Campus Connections program, and will be following up with those of you who have contacted me. Regardless of that, all of you have the opportunity to work directly with Acie Wyatt ( and get your stuff on ESPNU’s programming. Let’s be clear: ESPN is looking for content without having to pay for it. We generally do not recommend working for free, but this could be an opportunity to do something pretty easy and be able to say you got it on ESPN.

Acie has the following suggestions, and look from a link from our own Jamie Han farther down:


  1. If you have not already done so, please take a look at this video for some tips towards producing your videos.
  1. #DariOnCampus has started. So please print out the photos of Dari and take them around campus with you. This is by far the easiest way to get on TV.  Then just snap a few photos of yourself and/or your friends with the photos and then Tweet them @espnu with #DariOnCampus and we will use the best ones throughout the week on CFB Daily. The more creative the better. The link will take you to the photos.
  1. We have made a change to one of our social media segments. The segment is now called#6SecondsOfMySchool.  This is to simplify the process and make it easier on both ends. So, when you tweet @ESPNU you now just use #6SecondsOfMySchool  to denote that you are sending us some things for the segment. This is open to all schools. We got some good ones from last night and I know that we will get some good ones from you guys throughout the weekend. Below you will find links to some from South Carolina.
    Gamecocks chant –
    Williams Brice –
  1. Mic flags. I will do my best to get you a mic flag, but you do not need one in order to participate. It is more about the story that you are telling. NOTE: Dr. Suggs has an ESPNU mic flag if you want to borrow it.
  1. Your feature videos. I am a big sharer, so as you send in your videos I will do my best to send you the links to them as soon as they are posted. I also like to give some recognition when something is in the spirit of what we are looking for. Below you will find our first two posted pieces of the year from your fellow ESPNU Campus Connection Correspondents. These will give you an idea of the types of pieces that we are getting.  Do not be afraid to push yourselves creatively.
  1. Syracuse Ready –
  2. Georgia Ready –


  Aug. 28, 2013/By Prof. Suggs

Quick reminder: Jamari, Connor Smolensky, Mariya, and Raleigh: Put your names in the tag fields. I did it for your homework for today, but go look at it and do likewise in the future.

  Aug. 28, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Something we failed to mention in all that we announced today in class: Please be aware that Friday’s quiz will include AP style questions from both the baseball and football sections of the stylebook.

Aug. 26, 2013/By Welch Suggs

Some reminders and a new request on completing your homework and blog posts:

Aug. 26/By Prof. Michaelis

Several of you had questions about your first blog item, due Wednesday. This is an item that you write, based on current news, a trend or some other buzz on your beat. In the item, you will provide perspective, analysis or a fresh take that enhances the readers’ understanding of the news, the trend, etc. This doesn’t have to be a second-day angle, although it very well could be. IT IS NOT AN OPINION PIECE. You need only write one item, even if you have two college conferences for your beat. Each item should be at least 250 words long and contain at least two hyperlinks. The hyperlinks should direct readers to the content that informed your blog – a news story, perhaps, or a column. Think of hyperlinks as you would attributions: If you’re drawing upon or referring to someone else’s content, attribute it to them via a hyperlink. To insert a hyperlink in your blog item, highlight whatever word or phrase in your item that you want to serve as the link. Then click the icon in the tool bar that looks like a chain link. Paste the url for the content to which you are linking in the URL space and put a check in the “Open link in new window/tab” box. (You do not need to fill in the “Title” space.)

Aug. 26, 2013/By Welch Suggs

For those of you covering the NFL for your beat, this announcement from ESPN may be of interest.

  Aug. 23, 2013/By Welch Suggs

Please review this list and make sure that your WordPress username and Twitter handle are correct:

Aug. 16, 2013/By Welch Suggs Here are beat assignments:


Aug. 14, 2013/By Welch Suggs If you haven’t filled out the survey for the class, please do so here: Aug. 12, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Our first class blog item comes courtesy of class member Logan Booker. He wrote in this item for about certain “aspiring UGA sports writers” being “forced to watch” the last five minutes, 24 seconds of the 2012 SEC championship football game. Sounds like some kind of torture, doesn’t it? My favorite lines: “One of the things that scares me most about my sports writing aspirations is knowing that I will have to turn my passions into my job. Today was a very quick slap in the face to know that that time is here. And it will not always be easy, or fun.” One lesson (maybe more) learned. Only 3,147 — or so — to go.

Aug. 10, 2013/By Prof. Michaelis

Welcome to the class site for “Introduction to Sports Reporting and Writing.” This site is designed to keep you up to date on assignments, required readings and schedule details. Please check in frequently, as any changes or other notifications will be posted immediately on this home page. We welcome your feedback and other comments throughout the semester.

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