Models for online sports coverage

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The Columbus Dispatch covers Ohio State like no other online.

The Columbus Dispatch covers Ohio State, a package that should be a model for all team coverage – at any level.

Some more online sports coverage ideas.

Create a preview game package online. That’s what the Columbus Dispatch does for the Ohio State football team, something that should be a model for all sports departments. This package includes a cover story, profiles on players from each team, five keys to winning, rosters, schedules, updated weather reports – and much, much more. Readers dig in as much they would like.

Create a calendar. USA Today pieced together one for bowl games last winter, posting bowl logos that readers could click on to get more detailed information and features about each match-up, such as “Who has the edge?” Afterward, the newspaper added related stories and notes. This can be done for a team’s regular season as well.

The Arizona Star chart begins with an outline of the course.

The Arizona Daily Star chart begins with an outline of the course.

Create a guide for an event. That’s what the Arizona Daily Star did for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Golf Championships. Readers could click on any of the 18 holes to learn more about it (distance, par) or reader could click on the flags to view a panorama of each hole, which includes tips from pros for playing the hole and suggestions for the best place to watch.

Chart a player’s performance through a season, career – or even a game. The Boston Globe developed an amazing interactive graphic citing each of Manny Ramirez’s 500 career home runs, everything from the locations he hit the most (left field), to the ballparks where he had the most success (Fenway, of course) to the pitchers who were victimized for the most homers (Jamie Moyer). Might want to start smaller, charting where a tailback ran the most (left, center, right) and the number of carries for loss, 0-4 yards, 5-10 yards, etc. Could also chart locations for baskets for a game or season.

Cover games as they are played. Glogs (for live game blogs) enable a reporter to offer key plays, along with commentary. In addition, readers can chime in as well, responding to the game or to your commentary. Can also add video, audio or a game story as part of the game package.

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