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    Welcome to Sports Journalism!  Below, you will find some basic information about this course.

     In this class, we will...
    • explore the role that sports plays in our culture

    • read and listen to professional sports journalists

    • study how they tell the stories of the games and the athletes

    • explore how journalists give play-by-play and color commentary in newspaper articles, on the radio, and on television

    • examine how journalists research and compose feature articles that highlight a particular athlete, a coach, or an issue

    • apply what has been learned and write or deliver original reports on local or national games or sporting events.

    Essential Questions:
     

     Unit 1: The Role of Sports in Society

    • How do sports play a significant role in our society?
    • How do sports bring people together?
    • How can an outcome in a sporting event extend beyond the score on a scoreboard?

    Unit 2:  The 5 W's and How of Sports New: How a sports writer/broadcaster tells the story of a game.

    • How has sports journalism changed over time?
    • How does sports reporting differ when using audio, visual and written forms?
    • Does sports reporting differ when covering different types of sports? 
    • What are the necessary elements of a good sports report?
    • How are sports reports similar to narrative stories? 
    • What types of sports reports are different from narratives?
    • What are the characteristics of a strong sports broadcaster?

     

    Unit 3 :  Play by Play Announcing

    • What are the qualities/characteristics of a strong sports announcer? 
    • How can you capture moment to moment action in a way that tells a story to both viewers and listeners?
    • How does sports reporting differ when using audio, visual, or written forms?
    • How can I self reflect when listening to my own podcast?

    Unit 4: Sports Blogging

    • How does blog writing differ from more formal types of writing?
    • How can you effectively express your own thoughts and ideas while listening to, understanding, and respectfully responding to the thoughts and ideas of others?

    Unit 5: Creating a Sports News Show

    • What qualities are needed to be an effective sports broadcaster?
    • What are the features of a sports news broadcast and how does it differ from regular news broadcasts?
    • How can technology be used to enhance a written broadcast script?
    • How can you effectively integrate/utilize support and suggestions from peers and group members?

    Grading:

    • Classwork/Participation

    • Projects

    • Writing Pieces

     

    Homework: This class is designed so that our study and investigation of sports journalism will occur during our class time. Most work will be completed within the time of a class period each day. Students may decide to work on projects from home, if we feel more time is needed.