Archive for the ‘Reporting resources’ Category

Great resource for coaches’ salaries

November 10, 2009

USATodayPete Carroll earns more than $4 million per year coaching football at the University of Southern California. Robb Akey earns $258,187 for doing the same at Idaho while David Elson gets $259,808 for coaching Western Kentucky. This disparity is not a shocker – the largest schools with the wealthiest fan base (re: boosters) usually get the most money, the same way that larger schools also get most of the BCS dough.

Even assistant coaches get paid more than head coaches at the biggest football schools. At Alabama, assistants are paid up to $390,00 per season. Assistants at Arkansas ($378,238), Clemson ($350,000), Florida State ($629,000). Louisiana State ($429,000), Maryland ($468,000), Oklahoma ($406,000), and Washington ($600,000) are also paid exceptionally well. But nobody beats Tennessee, where an assistant coach reportedly earns $1.2 million.

Check out this terrific data base created by USA Today. You might also want to develop one for your own school, outlining how much each head and assistant coach makes. (Compare these figures to the salaries paid to teachers and administrators and see where the story takes you.)

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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…)

Solid prep sports resource

January 5, 2008

Now that the holidays are over, prep sports seasons kick into high gear across the country. As a result, you may want to check out sports schedules, records and other information about prep sports across your state or across states in your region. There is no better resource for this than the website for the National Federation of State High School Associations, if only because it has a directory for every state high school sports association. The site also has updated rules and regulations for specific sports and information on issues related to  injuries and sports medicine. You’ll have to pay $12.95 for the national high school record book, something every prep editor and reporter ought to have in the office. You may want to bookmark this page for future reference.