Tag Archives: Sports Reporting

* UNC-Duke rivalry explained ( | Today’s page one (

Update: Duke 92 UNC 90 in overtime (

Paul Lukas writes: “I’m intrigued by the way TV news reporters have gotten into the habit of wearing purple on Election Day — their way of looking non-partisan as they split the difference between the blue Democrats and red Republicans. It has become a ‘uniform’ of sorts, or at least a team color.”

The Uni Watch editor asks: “So is the purple thing an interesting organic phenomenon, or just another example of predictably mindless ‘me too’-ism run amok? Either way, there’s no denying that the purple trope is now firmly entrenched across the media spectrum.”

* A Uni Watch look at Election Day attire (

The State sport columnist Ron Morris, who was once told by his publisher that he couldn’t write about coach Steve Spurrier and his South Carolina football team, wrote after Saturday’s loss: “Suddenly, Spurrier is no longer bigger than life.” | No excuse for Spurrier’s press conference pouting.

* Earlier: Columnist isn’t allowed to mention South Carolina football (

Romenesko reader Tim Christie emails:

The Register-Guard in Eugene (my former employer) had a “stop the presses” moment when reporting on the possible departure to the NFL of UO football coach Chip Kelly.

The writer, Adam Jude, posted this photo on Facebook, with the caption, “Front page on left from 11:55 pm. Front page on right from 12:15 am. Yes, it was a crazy night.”

They were set to go with the Kelly leaving story when they got word late he had changed his mind.

Just struck me that it’s not often reporters actually get to yell “Stop the presses!” and mean it.

Reporter Jude sends this email:

The A1 page on the left (“Kelly accepts NFL job”) was one of a handful of proofs printed before midnight. That page never actually went to the plate (and, therefore, wasn’t distributed to readers), an incorrect assumption that others have reported. The “Kelly accepts NFL job” was, however, published on our website for about an hour before Kelly’s literal 11th-hour change of heart.

Sports editor Mark Johnson adds:

Reporter Adam Jude and columnist George Schroeder did a fantastic job working the story during the day and into the evening — calling sources, tracking leads, etc. The story took a few twists and turns late, and a solid source told us very late that Kelly had decided to take the NFL job. Our front page was initially designed to reflect that updated info. However, minutes later and at deadline, the same source told us that Kelly had changed his mind and was staying. Because of the importance of the story, we were able to hold the press until we could plate the final version (actually, three stories needed to be rewritten).

Seattle Times sports editor Don Shelton was faced with a tough decision: Should he continue running NBA scoring summaries, or use the space for local sports coverage?

I tallied up the reasons for and against, talked to my staff and even my wife. And then I made the wrong decision.

He killed the NBA stats.

Readers complained, and “I started to feel guilty. …Then I reversed the call.”

Shelton shares an email exchange with a reader that prompted him to rethink his decision. “It’s a good example of how passionate readers are and how personally they take their newspaper and sports section,” the editor tells me. “This guy even offered a very thoughtful alternative. You’ve got to love our readers!”

The emails are after the jump. Read More

This list comes from Mashable’s Sam Laird:
1. @AdamSchefter “I love big stories outside of football and try to share with readers the ones I think are important,” he says.
2. @ErinAndrews She has “a wealth of behind-the-scenes interviews.”
3. @SI_PeterKing “Tweets prolifically and responds to his followers’ comments and questions often.”
4. @Buster_ESPN “A go-to source for fans of America’s pastime.”
5. @jadande “I seek out interaction with my followers and retweet the best responses,” he says.
6. @JayGlazer “Stream of updates, opinions and analysis.”
7. @Chris_Broussard “Tweets can come in spurts,” but…
8. @JayBilas “A mix opinions, insightful analysis and rap lyrics.”
9. @mortreport He says: “Time allowing, I also use Twitter to answer questions from my followers.”
10. @PeteThamelNYT “Must-follow for any college sports fan.”
11. @sportsguy33 “…often hilarious 140-character takes on the sports world.”

* Sportswriters you need to follow on Twitter