Category Archives: sports journalism

The challenging art of stylish football writing

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism. This week I am devoting posts to the upcoming American football season, college and pro, with a focus on new books and writings on the subject.
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A sour turn for a ‘quality’ sportswriting venture

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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Just as Sports Illustrated was rolling out its 60th anniversary fare last week, the doors abruptly closed on a young sportswriting venture that never got settled [...]

From the archives: The Web and longform sports

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m reposting and updating selected links from the archive.
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When I posted “The Web’s longform longform sports evolution continues” in September 2012, I had no idea how much better in-depth stories would become on a growing array of sites, [...]

PEN/ESPN honors Anderson; BASW 2014 lineup announced

TweetWhen hearing the news this week that he had been awarded the PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing, Dave Anderson said, ”I’d put that right on the same level as the Pulitzer Prize.”
Anderson, a columnist for The New York Times and a Golf Digest contributor, did win a Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1981. [...]

Summer Readings: Roger Angell and ‘An Angel or the Devil’

TweetRichard Sandomir writes about Roger Angell of The New Yorker, the J.G. Taylor Spink honoree into the Baseball Hall of Fame for his writing. Now 93, Angell joins the company of Ring Lardner, Red Smith, Shirley Povich and Dick Young.
His baseball essays for the magazine in 1962. He had no previous experience covering the [...]

Sexuality, domestic violence and the sports media herd

TweetLast week, Tony Dungy’s comments about Michael Sam and Roger Goodell’s two-game suspension of Ray Rice revealed quite a bit about an American sports media that continues to ditch journalistic rigor about issues involving gender, sexuality and domestic violence.
(I posted recently about pop feminism invading the sports pages, and that was evident last week.)
Typical of [...]

Before there was Bouton there was Brosnan

TweetWhile I’m taking a summer break from the blog, I’m posting recent links about sports history, books, culture and the arts that I haven’t mentioned here before. If you have any suggestions on great sports reads you’d like to bring to my attention, contact me at wendygparker@gmail.com. Enjoy!
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Saying farewell to the baseball game story

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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For those who read about last night’s game in this morning’s paper, the following sentence from the Associated Press explaining its new baseball game story format must [...]

Sports longform and soccer: An ideal match

TweetAs the World Cup got started a couple weeks ago I laid out a rambling summary of how various media outlets — including more traditional ones — were jumping on the soccer bandwagon.
What I didn’t do was get into was how the new longform sports sites have excelled in covering the sport all along. We’re [...]

The paradox of sports journalists online

TweetOn Tuesday I write about developments in sports media, and occasionally step back in time to a different era in sports journalism.
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When I first got the hang of Twitter — and discovered how much of a magnificent time vampire it can be — I also noticed something else [...]