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Professional Organizations

  • Associated Press Sports Editors
    Members of this association include daily newspaper sports department employees who want to improve professional standards. They offer writing contests, peer critiques, training, and a jobs board, and they help sponsor the Sports Journalism and Sports Management Institutes which train sports journalists and editors.
  • National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA)
    This association seeks to honor past and present sportscasters and sportswriters with state and national awards and a Hall of Fame. It also provides networking, scholarship and mentoring opportunities for students and members.
  • Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM)
    "a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports writing, editing, broadcast and production, and public and media relations." from the website. The site includes a jobs board and application for a scholarship/summer internship program.

Books and eBooks

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Field Guide to Covering Sports - Joe Gisondi
Call Number: PN 4784 .S6 G58 2011
ISBN: 1604265590
Publication Date: 2010
How best to turn yourself from sports fan to professional sports journalist? Gisondi gives on hands-on, practical advice on covering 20 specific sports from where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player to figuring out shot selection in lacrosse . Gisondi includes brief chapters on writing, interviewing, blogging, covering fantasy sports, and radio broadcasting.

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The Essentials of Sports Reporting and Writing - Jeff Reinardy; Dave Wanta; Scott Reinardy; Wayne Wanta
Call Number: PN 4784 .S6 R45 2008
ISBN: 0805864474
Publication Date: 2008
This book covers the full experience of sports writing, including the stages of article writing and stylistic ande thical issues in other types of sports stories, such as columns, profiles, and news. The authors also offer insights as to what to expect as a sports reporter.

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The Business of Sports - Mark Conrad
Call Number: GV 716 .C665 2011
ISBN: 9780415876520
Publication Date: 2010
This book explores professional, college, and international sports organizations structure, governance, labor issues, and other business factors. It includes historical, current, and hypothetical cases to illustrate how business concerns play a role in the reporting of sports. New features include disciplinary policies in the major sports leagues, discussion of intellectual property issues and merchandising, and new sections on ethical issues in sports.

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A Sportswriter's Life - Gerald Eskenazi
ISBN: 9780826215109
Publication Date: 2004
"A Sportswriter s Life "is a revealing look at the people and events that were part of the history of sports from a perspective of a veteran NYT sports reporter. Eskenazi reveals how he dealt with many larger-than-life sports personalities and uncovers many intriguing and amusing stories.

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Conspiracy of Silence - Chris Lamb
ISBN: 9780803210769
Publication Date: 2012
The campaign to desegregate baseball was one of the most important civil rights stories of the 1930s and 1940s. But most of white America knew nothing about this story because mainstream newspapers said little about the color line and less about the efforts to end it. Even today, as far as most Americans know, the integration of baseball revolved around Branch Rickey’s signing of Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ organization in 1945. This ebook shows how Rickey’s move, critical as it may well have been, came after more than a decade of work by black and left-leaning journalists to desegregate the game. Drawing on hundreds of newspaper articles and interviews with journalists, Chris Lamb reveals how differently black and white newspapers, and black and white America, viewed racial equality. He shows how white mainstream sportswriters perpetuated the color line by participating in what their black counterparts called a “conspiracy of silence.” Between 1933 and 1945, black newspapers and the Communist Daily Worker published hundreds of articles and editorials calling for an end to baseball’s color line. The efforts of the alternative presses to end baseball’s color line, chronicled for the first time in Conspiracy of Silence, constitute one of baseball’s—and the civil rights movement’s—great untold stories.

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Over Time - Frank Deford
Call Number: GV 742.42 .D44 A3 2012
ISBN: 9780802120151
Publication Date: 2012
Since he first joined Sports Illustrated in 1962, Frank Deford has chronicled the heroes and the characters of just about every sport in nearly every medium. Interwoven through his personal history, Deford traces American sportswriting from the early years of the NBA up to the 24-hour sports world of ESPN.


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