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Sportscast

from Wait Till Next Year
Sportscast (p. 873)

Report on a sports event as if you were a reporter for a local television station. Here's how to do it:

  • Choose an angle. An angle is the approach you take to a story. You can't tell everything about an event, so focus on one aspect of it. For example, if covering a hockey game, you might focus on how losing affects the team's chances of winning their league, or on the performance of the new goalie.
  • Craft your lead. In your first paragraph, tell who, what, when, and where. For example, "Jamie Picardy of Okemos High School vaulted to first place at the regional gymnastics tournament Saturday in Lansing."
  • Include quotes. Direct quotes add variety to your story and let listeners hear firsthand what happened. Look for quotes that are unusually interesting or that explain something clearly and concisely.
  • Write to be heard. Use short sentences so you don't run out of breath as you read. Make sure you tell your story in a logical order so listeners can follow what you are talking about.

For more information on sports reporting, check out these online resources.