Archive for the ‘College sports coverage’ Category

Converging with online media

September 20, 2009

Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but a lot of thing have been going on with the Murray State News, especially the sports desk.

We finally have our staff determined for this year, which means I don’t have to worry about finding and helping contributors. But with an established staff, comes changes to better the sports section.

With the ever-growing popularity of online media and social networking, we have created a twitter account where we post breaking news about Racer athletics. Feel free to follow us at (more…)

Communication & Recognition

August 31, 2009

I can’t stress how important communication and recognition are in any job, especially in journalism and sports journalism.

Not only do you need to know your newspaper adviser, Editor-in-Chief, other editors, photographers, ad sales representatives, copy editors and staff writers.

The best way to get to know your colleagues is to visit and spend time in the newsroom. Even if you aren’t in a leadership position, it’s important to be noticed. That’s one thing I learned last year.

I came in as a freshman and was hesitant and intimidated by the newsroom, but I learned quickly that although deadlines can be killer, my colleagues try to keep a laid back attitude. If I hadn’t have shown my face in the newsroom last year, I wouldn’t be the Sports Editor as a sophomore, working alongside seniors in other leadership roles.

Also, for us sports writers, we MUST know the coaches, athletes and SIDs. Coaches and athletes need to be comfortable talking with you and vice versa. You should feel confident approaching SIDs to obtain information and set up interviews. I realize things can be scary at first, but the truth is, SIDs can be your most dependable resource. (more…)

Duke routs Wake off the court

January 29, 2009

Psst. Did you hear? Wake Forest stunned No. 1 Duke last night on a last-second shot that is sure to be repeated on ESPN and local TV channels for days. (Not that the college newspaper wants you to know.)


College sports staffs using more new media to cover key football games

August 30, 2008
The Michigan Daily offers solid print coverage, blogs, and has started to broadcast on

The Michigan Daily offers solid print coverage, blogs, and has started to broadcast on

In-state rivalries. Border clashes. Conference openers. This first full week of college football features more than a few compelling (and significant) games. But I am just as excited by the number of college newspaper staffs that are starting to publish sports blogs, offering real-time coverage online, and developing pocasts. Of course, coverage in any media should start with solid reporting. Check out how college newspapers across the country preview these big games. (On the other hand, I was also surprised how many college newspapers did not offer any type of preview story online. Thought ‘Bama and Vols fans lived for football.)

No. 6 Missouri, which returns talented quarterback Chase Daniel, arguably should have been a BCS team last season, proven by the Tigers’ thrashing of Arkansas, 38-17, in the Cotton Bowl. No. 20 Illinois, meanwhile, may have been ranked a little higher than it deserved. A 49-17 loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl did not change that perception. The Illini have since lost running back Rashard Mendenhall to the Pittsburgh Steelers and now must rely on option quarterback Juice Williams. Missouri and Illinois meet tonight in St. Louis. Both teams, says Daily Illini writer Laura Hettiger, will be trying to prove they deserve their preseason rankings. The Maneater’s Lenny Goldman says the Tigers defense is unproven, although the squad showed improvement at the end of last season. For the record, Missouri won this border clash last season, 40-34. (The Daily Illini and Maneater have both started a sports blog. Good job.)

Washington travels across the border to face No. 21 Oregon for the 101st time tonight, although this is only the second team the two Pac-10 teams face off in a season opener. Huskies sophomore quarterback Jake Locker concerns the Ducks. “Jake Locker is a tremendous athlete, a tremendous quarterback and a tremendous competitor. He is, in my opinion, probably the most difficult weapon to defense in Division I football,” Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. “He’s faster than you think, he’s stronger than you think and he possesses a very strong arm … You have to be aware, every single play, where he is.”

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez may not name the Wolverines’ starting quarterback until right before today’s game – at least publicly. “No, I’m not ready to announce one today,” Rodriguez said. “Even if I was ready to, I’m trying to think ‘Why would I?'” (Selfish.) But the Michigan Daily does a terrific job tracking down this, and other stories, related to today’s opener against Utah. (The newspaper also has a sports game blog. Apparently, the staff will broadcast part of their coverage on I’d say this is an easy tune-up before the real season begins, but we all remember last year’s exciting (or terrifying?) finish with Appalachian State.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian offers several stories leading to this afternoon’s game against Colorado – a feature on first-year coach Steve Fairchild, a former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator, a column (but what is ‘hoodoo?’), and a preview. The Rams appear much excited for this game than the Buffs. “This game is one of the biggest stages to come on and show what you’re all about as an individual and for the team,” said CSU linebacker Ricky Brewer. “So I think this game here is gonna set the tone for us and, what bigger stage to do it on than the Rocky Mountain Showdown versus CU?” Colorado’s Campus Press is not so ramped up, though. The newspaper offers stories on the team’s new captains and another on football fan etiquette but the newspaper did not post a game preview for today’s game.

No. 17 Tennessee faces a UCLA defense that lost seven starters from last year’s team. The Daily Bruin did not publish a game preview online for this game, but they did start a sports blog. Check it out. By the way, the Bruin staff picks UCLA to upset the Vols, 17-14.

Clemson takes on Alabama in the Georgia Dome. Tommy Bowden has never won an ACC conference title. Not sure if this will be the year for the No. 9 Tigers. The Crimson White did not publish a game preview online for its football starved fans, instead posting this abbreviated opening line. Perhaps, someone forgot to post the entire story online.


Tebow is even scarier this season (and other college sports stories)

August 29, 2008
The cover for the Kernel's Pigskin Preview

The cover for the Kernel

If you think Tim Tebow surgically cut apart football defenses last season, watch out. Florida’s talented quarterback learned some additional skills while circumcising (!) kids in the Philippines last summer. Think UF’s center will feel a little uncomfortable this season?

The Kentucky Kernel offers a pretty impressive football preview on its website that includes terrific photos, player profiles, capsules of each SEC team, and schedules. Would have liked a more in-depth overview story. The one posted relies too much on a few sources. But, still, the capsules and other features make this a pretty solid package for readers.

The Wisconsin Badger Herald does a nice job reporting on a new trend in Big Ten football, that the spread offense is now run by nine of the 11 conference members. Derek Zetlin interviews not only Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema, but also Illinois coach Ron Zook and Purdue coach Joe Tiller, among others.

Ball State sportswriter Andrew Walker does a nice job scouting opposing teams set to face the Cardinals’ volleyball squad this weekend. The story could have offered more insights had the reporter talked with some opposing coaches, but, still, not a bad analysis piece. … The Daily News Online also posted a slide show on its football season opener last night.

Would have liked additional sources beyond an Arizona’s football coach and player in the Daily Wildcats’ ‘opponent analysis‘ posting. Sportswriters need to speak to as many coaches and players as possible to offer a clearer, deeper, and more accurate report.

The Northern Star covered a simulated football game, using EA Sports 2009. Interesting. For some reason, I could not click into the simulation itself off the website, though.

The (Duke) Chronicle offers a series of stories on its football team that addresses offense, defense and special teams. Not a bad start, but, once again, insufficient reporting hinders such stories.

Love Texas sportswriter’s first (and, apt) name: Austin. He speaks with several players about the team’s volleyball rematch with Southern Cal. But remember: school names get a singular pronoun. Texas needs ‘itself,’ not themselves.