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The Essentials of Sports Reporting and Writing Paperback – February 20, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0805864489 ISBN-10: 0805864482 Edition: 1st

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"Reinardy and Wanta have produced an excellent guide that has long been needed to provide specific directions for young newspaper sports writers. With an increase in the number of sports-reporting and -writing classes offered through communication or journalism schools in recent years, this detailed book helps fill a void for those students. Moreover, young aspiring sports writers not enrolled in journalism schools would benefit even more from reading and referring to this text. ... This book should be required reading for any sports-writing class in a journalism program and would also be a nice optional text to assign for an introductory newspaper writing and reporting course." -- The International Journal of Sport Communication


“Valuable and worthwhile... The book delivers on its promise to provide the
nuts and bolts handbook for those starting out in sports journalism.
As a core textbook for a sports reporting class, the book is solid, covering the basics and covering them well.  By more comprehensively addressing digital media and ethics, two industry-changing areas, Reinardy’s and Wanta’s book, while very useful, could become essential.
The book’s chapters on interviewing and on handling quotes are especially rich and appropriate for any journalism class, not only for sports journalism.  Also commendable are the authors’ very nuanced understanding of the sports department’s status at a typical newspaper, and some of the problems and questions this status can raise.”

University of Nebraska Press journal Journal of Sports Media 5, no. 2.


About the Author

Scott Reinardy is an Assistant Professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas. His research interests include news reporting and writing, sports journalism, and newspaper management. He has more than 14 years experience as a professional journalist, working as a sports writer, editor and columnist on numerous local and regional newspapers.

Wayne Wanta is a Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Missouri - Columbia and was the 2006-2007 President of AEJMC. He has been an active researcher in political communication and media effects, particularly in the area of the agenda-setting function of the news media - how news coverage of issues influences the public's perceptions of those issues. Wanta has also conducted research in visual communication, sports journalism, Internet use and effects, and negative political advertising. Before entering the academic field, Wanta worked for eight years in newspapers, and has experience as a copy editor, page designer, and feature writer.


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