St. Paul Pioneer Press sports editor Tad Reeve leads a Sports Journalism 101 discussion on story angles and interviews. Photo by Jim Dahline
Students from the University of Minnesota and Lakeville North and Mounds Park Academy high schools and professionals from the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., were among those in attendance for the Sports Journalism 101 event held Thursday, March 23 at Sport Ngin headquarters in Minneapolis.
The Sport Ngin Community event was hosted by Sport Ngin Community Manager Loren Nelson and featured panelists Tad Reeve, Paul Klauda and Brad Unangst.
Reeve, Sports Editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, led a discussion on Angles and Interviews. He talked about what to look for when covering a game or interviewing a subject for a feature story, specifically focusing on providing information readers can’t get elsewhere. “You have to tell them something they don’t already know,” Reeve said. [Watch "Angles & Interviews"]
Star Tribune High School Sports Editor Paul Klauda, left, leads a Sports Journalism 101 session on "Getting it Write." Photo by Jim Dahline
Klauda, High School Sports Editor at the Star Tribune, led a session devoted to Getting it “Write”. He stressed the importance of the first two or three paragraphs of any story and how they should be constructed to provide unique, compelling details that will attract the broadest spectrum of readers. He also stressed about the importance of knowing basic grammar and style rules. [Watch "Getting it Write"]
Unangst, Content Editor at Sport Ngin, led a session on Pre-Planning. He offered tips and tricks on how to prepare for an event or interview, what information to gather ahead of time and where to find it. He also talked about the importance of creating relationships with league, school and team officials, and working with them to gather information and solve any problems that might arise. [Watch "Pre-Planning"]
About 20 people attended the event, part of a continuing series of free Sport Ngin Community training events. Up next is a Sitebuilder Workshop scheduled for April 30.