Ed Passino: 3 things

Ed Passino is Northeast Region Manager for USA Football.
Ed will talk to us in class on Tuesday Jan. 29 about deadline writing and AM/PM leads.
He is part of the Mason 371 network, having taken this course a few years ago. And he’s one of our real success stories. Ed freelances for the Associated Press, covering George Mason men’s and George Washington women’s basketball.
Ed will be leaving the Metro D.C. area in mid-February to move to Charlotte, N.C.. We’re going to miss him.

GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Ed’s presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Thursday Jan. 31. No exceptions!

32 Responses to “Ed Passino: 3 things”

  1.   Jeremy Says:

    Three things that i learned from Ed Passino:

    1. You have to relax as much as you can when writing for deadline. Stressing out is only going to lead to more mistakes and slow things down.

    2. Journalists at a game are given guides that outline a lot of information about the teams and the players for easy reference. I always thought that the media had to get all of that information for themselves.

    3. If you want to write you have to really want to write, and you have to practice as much as possible.


  2.   ssokler Says:

    Sean said

    Three things that I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Ed’s presentation was very practical, particularly for deadline writers. He emphasized preperation and getting to the game site early to set up and read the media packet. He suggested not wasting time with innecessary information in deadline stores.

    2. Ed’s story was very inspirational. He took this class. He is a self-started sportswriter. Ed trained himself at hom to learn to get better and faster by writing stories at home on a timed-deadline.

    3. Ed told us about others who did this and succeeded because of their devotion to sports. One example he used were the Albert brothers, Marv, Steve, and Al. Ed’s presentation taught us to be motivated.


  3.   Phil Murphy Says:

    The three most memorable things I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Prepare. Whether it’s reading the media guides prior to tip-off or doing research on an unknown team from out-of-town while stringing, knowing as much as one can about a given game is paramount.

    2. Tell the game as you would a friend. The inverted triangle technique is a start, but sometimes that’s not the best well to tell story. We ought to envision reporting the events to a friend — i.e. the biggest story first — then work down.

    3. Relax. It seems counter-intuitive, but he stressed the necessity of being able to sit back and enjoy what you’re doing.

  4.   Nadia Says:

    Three things I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Develop your own voice, develop a style

    2. Use the important details early don’t waste people’s time.

    3. Am PM Leads. Pm leads are restured leads ahd have more analysis and quotes.

  5.   DannyU Says:

    1. I found it interesting how Ed described completeing a competent story. The upside down triangle seems to be a great way of writing an interesting article, and a good way of keeping a reader interested.
    2. Having his stories completed with nine outs remaining in a baseball game seems difficult to me. How Ed explained the importance of meeting this deadline was both intimidating and educational.
    3. The story about how he used to practice writing game stories on his own time was funny. I actually am going to put this to use this weekend during the Super Bowl. It seems like a great way to practice without too much pressure.

  6.   Robert Says:

    What I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Know your audience and where people will read your story (such as ESPN or Yahoo Sports)

    2. Reread your stories and restructure them during the game.

    3. Have someone else read your work. They could find an error that was overlooked.

  7.   Josh Says:

    Three things that I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Relax, know your audience.
    2. Have templates on hand.
    3. Prepare yourself, be early, read game notes, highlight what is important, talk to the SID.

    Josh O.

  8.   Dylan Cavalheri-Gaiteri Says:

    3 things from Ed Passino

    1. You must go into a game with a hook that you should follow throughout and develop into a story

    2. Ed was self taught, which impressed me

    3. He told us how he used to write stories about games that he watched on T.V. for practice

  9.   Carlos Says:

    Words of experience from Ed Passino:

    Ed’s discussion was a great experience that I’m sure motivated the class to be better writers. He said that good and efficient writing is a skill that’s acquired through practice, like in any sport.

    Good sports writing gets into the important details right off the bat, as if you were giving a friend the ‘skinny’ from a game you just watched. It’s important to know who your audience is.

    It’s important to feel relaxed and confident when reporting on a game, because it will reflect in your writing. Let your confidence take over when writing on a deadline. That’s why it’s important to know AP, and trust the work you’ve done in the past.

  10.   Eric Says:

    Three things that I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Read other people’s writing. It is important to gain an understanding of what others say not to copy, but to understand the structure of writing for sports journalism.

    2. The lede decides whether or not the reader is going to read about the game from you or not.

    3. Do not be wordy. Don’t waste space and time, because people are looking for the important information.

  11.   Latonya Says:

    Ed Passino gave a lot of insight, but the things that I connected with were:

    1. Write during the game. This helps in meeting the deadline.

    2. Know your audience. Doing this allows you to put yourself in their shoes. You can relate better this way.

    3. Have other interests besides sports. They help in expanding your writing.

  12.   stephen ball Says:

    Three things that I learned from Ed Passino:

    1.Preperation is the key to deadline writing. A journalist should not still be looking up facts minutes before deadline.

    2. Writing a story during the game is important so that you can meet the deadline.

    3. That game recaps are mostly formula writing.

  13.   Dechele Says:

    Three things I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Be efficient. When you are writing do not get wordy. Get to important details and do not waste your editors space and readers time.

    2. When writing for a game show up early normally an hour. Allow yourself time to go over game notes and highlight whats important.

    3. Really develop your voice and develop your own style.

  14.   Brittany Says:

    Three things I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Type story in different form (such as e-mail) then copy/paste it into word to revise it.
    2. I liked the suggestion of having a template set up before a game, so the writer can plug information into it.
    3. Be sure to note key stats before the game for easy reference while writing the article

  15.   matt Says:

    1. What to look for when you’re covering a game. The things to focus on.

    2. How you get a story in five minutes after the game has ended. Some tips on how to get that done.

    3. The more you practive the better writer you become. Experience is the key to most effective journalists.

  16.   Anonymous Says:

    1. Prepare – Know everything you are writing about.

    2. Have confidence in yourself. Know AP.

    3. Be efficient – Don’t waste time. Get to the Point.

    Elliot Fox

  17.   Mike Coppinger Says:

    The three things I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Don’t be nervous!. There is no time to be anxious, when you are writing on deadline. Just relax.

    2. Prepare yourself. Get to the games at least an hour early and read the game notes and prepare yourself mentally to write the story.

    3. Read your work out loud. When you read your story out loud, it is easy to find the errors.


  18.   ambar Says:

    Three things I learned from Ed Passino:

    1. Develop your style through reading other people’s work. Read a variety of sections in the newspaper to develop your own voice.

    2. As obvious as this may sound, I leanred that it takes a lot of hard work, devotion, and dedication to be a good writer — as it is for anything you want to be good at. I guess I already knew this, but I really enjoyed hearing Passino talk about how he got where he is today.

    3. Do your best to relax! Don’t get too stressed or nervous when writing becuase then your story will not turn out as good as it could be.

  19.   Will Says:

    1.You should have most of your story written before the game is over.

    2. You should always do as much preparation as is possible before a game, much of the information needed can be found in the media guide.

    3.Always know your audience.

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