Category Archives: sports journalism

A female sportswriting pioneer remembered

TweetDiane K. Shah, the first woman to write a regular sports column for a big-city daily newspaper, pulled off a rare feat that had eluded many of her male counterparts during her stint with the now-departed Los Angeles Herald-Examiner in the 1980s:
She got Steve Carlton to talk.
Sports author Michael MacCambridge (“America’s Game,” “The Franchise”) provides the [...]

The Web’s longform sports evolution continues

TweetWhen the SB Nation blog network rolled out its redesign Tuesday, it also introduced a new longform feature that’s becoming a standard part of many sports web ventures.
This comes on the heels of the launch of Sports on Earth, an online component of USA Today’s revamped sports operation that features the writing of former newspaper [...]

A sports magazine ahead of its time

TweetWhenever I read something by Alex Belth, I learn something entirely new.
A former New York film editor and SI.com contributor, Belth runs the Bronx Banter blog, which is ostensibly about the Yankees and the arts and culture scene in New York.
But for someone who has no use for the Yankees and doesn’t live in New [...]

Short and Tweet, but to what end?

TweetJust as Sports Illustrated’s latest Twitter 100 list was released at the end of last week, semi-retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan tells Sports Business Daily in an exit interview of sorts that:
“The Twitter world has perverted any concept of perspective.”
While it may be easy to accuse Ryan of having a “Get Off My Lawn” [...]

Best sports reads and links, Sept. 15

TweetRounding up some of the most intriguing reads I’ve come across this week, posted on Sports Biblio, my experimental Tumblr companion to this site, or that I have Tweeted and collected elsewhere:

Pigskin Progessivism — George Will’s war on football, American-style, now seems to blame the political movement popularized by (an unnamed) Teddy Roosevelt for the [...]

Best of 2011: Sportswriters for the ages

TweetThis week I’m reposting some of my favorite posts from this year, and one of the subjects I’ve been focusing on is the dizzying, ever-changing world of sports media. The trick is not to do too much navel-gazing, one of the hazards of the profession.
Sports media is the subject of amazingly constant attention, and [...]

Flip flops at the Fall Classic

TweetSportswriters don’t like to be told what to do — especially from editors. They especially hate to be told what to wear.
So it’s not surprising there would be some pushback from last week’s Major League Baseball announcement that all credentialed journalists would need to follow the guidelines of a dress code, the first created by any [...]

A sportswriting giant: ‘The last of his kind’

TweetIf you love reading about sportswriters of another era, New York writer Alex Belth is a real treat. On his multifaceted Bronx Banter blog he recently interviewed sports columnist and Hollywood screenwriter John Schulian and has been reprinting manuscripts of articles from another legend, W.C. Heinz.
For Deadspin, Belth has penned this enormously robust remembrance of the enormously [...]