Alan Goldenbach: 3 things

Alan Goldenbach is a feature writer and high school sports reporter for the Washington Post.

GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Alan Goldenbach‘s presentation on Feb. 5. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Tuesday Feb. 10. No exceptions!

Photo credit: Mark Gail/Washington Post



47 Responses to “Alan Goldenbach: 3 things”

  1.   bmurphy6 Says:

    Brendan Murphy
    Communication 371-001
    Sports Reporting/Klein

    Three Things I learned from Alan Goldenbach:

    1. Attribution levels at the three levels high school, college, and professional sports all differ. Example: In high school games he would not reference an athlete unless they wanted to talk to him.

    2. How to really make the stories of athletes relate to normal people. He has skillfully attached human qualities of these “superstars” to the average person.

    3. The pro “stardom” eventually runs out. You have little access to the professional athletes and you are competing with so many other journalists.

  2.   Sara Ronken Says:

    Three things I learned from Alan Goldenbach:

    1. Writing for some of the lesser-known teams can be more rewarding because you have more of a chance to be unique in your writing. You are able to speak with far more athletes, you have access to practices and chances are no one else is covering the same game.

    2. An important part of journalism is to try and find qualities in the subjects that are not so extraordinary, because it enables the readers to connect more with them.

    3. Although it is important to try to find and incorporate good quotes into your writing, it is also important to establish relationships with your subjects. Therefore, if you are conducting a one-on-one interview and the person says something that can be damaging to his/her reputation or career, give the person a chance to retract it. Chances are the person will be grateful and will be more willing to help you out in the future.

  3.   Mike Foss Says:

    Here are three things I took from Alan Goldenbach’s time with us:

    1. The Washington Post is a “sink or swim” environment. It, as a paper is not in the business of developing and nurturing new journalists.

    2. When covering college and professional level sporting events, journalists are competing with one another, trying to make their stories unique from everyone else. It isn’t about how well you right, it’s about how you can make your story unique.

    3. A journalist has to discern what is desirable information and what is “cocka-mamey crap.”

  4.   Colby Prout Says:

    Three things I learned from Adam Goldenbach:

    1. It’s important to maintain a level of repore with the people you interview and on which your stories rely.

    2. It’s important to demonstrate restraint when reporting on ameteur level sports. For example it inappropriate to use a student athletes name when referring to a mistake.

    3. Network. Network. Network.

  5.   Eric Vitoff Says:

    1. It never occurred to me that a huge advantage of covering high school sports is the accessibility.

    2. Everything Alan said about highlighting commonalities between big time athletes like Michael Jordan and the common man was very enlightening.

    3. You don’t mention the name of a high school receiver who dropped a big catch to lose a game, but you do mention the names of college and professional players.

  6.   Grant Paulsen Says:

    Three things I learned from Alan Goldenbach:

    1. When writing a “feature,” you can never interview enough people about your subject.

    2. The best way to make people want to read a story is to find a way to relate the person you are writing about to the person who is going to be reading the story you are writing.

    3. If somebody says something on camera, don’t worry about double-checking to see if they meant it. If they tell you it in private, ask them if they are okay with you using what they’ve just said.

  7.   Evan Says:

    1. Seeing Mr. Goldenbach present his thoughts to the class was an enlightening experience. When he discussed, entertained and instructed, he became so much more than a writer of stories and events – he became a friend. If I hope to pursue a career similar to his, I should remember never to forget the power of sociability and affability when working with people. Because in the end, it’s their stories that are being told. It’s that trust that spurs a man like Goldenbach to do his absolute best not to betray that.
    2. Sometimes it takes understanding and tolerance when one tries to make it in a job market like this. Not everything will come handed to you; and sometimes it’s better to be at the bottom of a ladder leading to where you want to go then halfway up one you don’t.
    3. It may be up to the reporter/writer’s discretion at times when it comes to using statements that may contain glaring grammar or spelling errors. On one side of the coin, you may show the speaker to be erroneous or even obtuse, but on the other side it’s our job to present the truth.

  8.   Chris Brooks Says:

    3 Things:

    1. With preps, journalists have all the access they want. Stories written are most likely stories no one else is aware of, making it unique.

    2. The way to get in at the Post is to start doing box scores for high school sports.

    3. Read for style and learn repetition, so mistakes are not made as often.

    It was a pleasure having Mr. Goldenbach in class. He was helpful in my pursuit of finding work.

  9.   Andrew Says:

    Three Things I learned from Alan:

    1. Repetition is the key to becoming a good writer. Doing it over and over again will help smooth out and problems you might have.

    2. To get into the business, become very very good at the basics.

    3. Doing the bottom level work, such as collecting HS Box Scores, is somewhat of an extended interview for a long-term job.

  10.   joe Says:

    Three thing I learned

    1) Writing sports feature stories are more interesting then writing about a sporting event.

    2) Writers have more access to high school athletes, whereas with pro athletes, a team will only allow the media to have access to players they(the team) select.

    3) Tragedies are usually the best stories to cover because they unveil basic human emotions that are usually not delved into in a feel-good story.

  11.   Colin Fitzgerald Says:

    Colin Fitzgerald
    Three things I learned from Alan Goldenbach:

    1. Covering prep sports allows you more access to the coaches and players. When writing a feature, this allows for an easy access one-on-one interview.

    2. Networking is very important to succeed in journalism.

    3. Try to find an angle to give your story something that other writers don’t have, make it unique.

  12.   Diana Friedman Says:

    Diana Friedman

    Three things that stuck with me from Alan Goldenbach are:

    1. Who you know is very important. Working hard is required either way, but sometimes it really isn’t enough.

    2. Covering high school sports sets you up automatically with the ability to be unique by sheer volume; there are less people covering the games.

    3. There is never a limit to how many people you should talk to. You never know what angle your story might take on, or what might become important.

  13.   Ben Libby Says:

    Three things I took away from Alan Goldenbach’s visit:

    1. The key to being successful in the field of sports journalism is being able to decipher between good and bad information.

    2. When writing a game report or story, acting like a businessman trying to sell a product in the 1st paragraph only help readers stay attached to your story.

    3. Covering high school sports provides reporters with a platform different than professional and collegiate sports due to the accessibility in speaking to athletes, coaches, and even family members.

  14.   Fox Parker Says:

    Three Things I learned from Alan Goldenbach:

    1) That High School sports allows a sports writer to be unique and stand out.

    2) It is important to go back and look at your writing and to always strive to improve your writing

    3) When writing a story about a star athlete it is vital to find something about that person that makes he or she relatable.

  15.   ดูหนังออนไลน์ Says:

    Good article. I’m going through a few of these issues as well..

  16.   ผู้หญิง Says:

    Today, I went to the beach with my kids.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and
    said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
    pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is
    completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  17.   b0yxz3.ne0afdp1.cojquxhniddinhxuqjoc.mythem.es Says:

    Great blog here! Also your site loads up fast! What host are you
    using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I
    wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  18.   thegioimaychu.vn - The Gioi May Chu Says:

    Hello! This post could not be written any better!
    Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate!
    He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article
    to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  19.   free download hack Says:

    We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.

    Your site provided us with valuable information to work
    on. You have done an impressive job and our entire
    community will be grateful to you.

    Feel free to surf to my web site :: free download hack

  20.   kontent machine Says:

    Right now it sounds like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging platform
    available right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  21.   Myebooks.Secure-Ebook.com Says:

    For more information on the various options available check
    out Audiusa. Your car DCT equipped vehicle will be faster, have better fuel economy,
    and you can choose whether to or not to change gears without the use of a clutch pedal.
    0 liter turbocharged diesel engine that is highly fuel efficient but is also available
    in the much less expensive 2010 VW Golf.

  22.   replica watches Says:

    Everyone loves what you guys are usually up too. This type of clever work and exposure!
    Keep up the fantastic works guys I’ve added you guys to my own blogroll.

  23.   geisterspuk.de Says:

    There are some terms you are going to need to know, and having the
    “lingo” down pat can’t ever hurt in a job interview, or during a networking opportunity.
    Selecting which fleet suits you the best is a matter
    of critical discretion on your part. Many other companies just play a aprtof consultants for providing freight to the main transporters.

  24.   replica Watches Says:

    Wonderful article! We will be linking to this great content
    on our website. Keep up the good writing.

  25.   почему бы не проверить здесь Says:

    Everything is very open with a clear description of the issues.

    It was really informative. Your website is extremely helpful.
    Many thanks for sharing!

  26.   sleep persons Says:

    Just wish to say your article is as surprising.
    The clearnsss to your postt is simply great and i could suppose you’re
    an expert iin this subject. Well with your permission let me to seize your
    RSS feed to stay up to date with coming near near post.
    Thank you a million andd please keep up the gratifying work.

    Have a look at mmy website … sleep persons

  27.   replica watches Says:

    Whats up this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you
    have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting
    a blog soon but have no coding experience so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  28.   Marcus Says:

    Nice blog right here! Additionally your website rather a lot up very fast!
    What host are you using? Can I am getting your associate hyperlink
    to your host? I want my web site loaded up as quickly as
    yours lol

  29.   hgh diet Says:

    It’s not my first time to pay a quick visit this website, i am visiting
    this site dailly and take good information from here all the time.

  30.   sims freeplay ps3 Says:

    I am no longerr certain the placee you are getting your information, but great
    topic. I must pend some time finding out mode or working out more.
    Thank you for magnificent information I used tto be on the llookout for this info for my mission.

  31.   lingerie brands Says:

    I got this site from my buddy who told me on the topic of this web page
    and at the moment this time I am visiting this web site and reading very informative
    content at this time.

  32.   Earlene Says:

    What’s up everyone, it’s my first go to see at this site, and piece of writing
    is genuinely fruitful for me, keep up posting these types of
    articles or reviews.

  33.   Jerold Says:

    I love looking through an article that will make people think.
    Also, thanks for allowing me to comment!

  34.   dayz download Says:

    Thank you for some other excellent article. Where
    else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect approach of writing?
    I have a presentation subsequent week, and
    I am at the search for such information.

    Stop by my homepage – dayz download

  35.   eugene dog health Says:

    Currently it looks like BlogEngine is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.

    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  36.   Wector.net Says:

    whoah this weblog is wonderful i really like studying your posts.
    Keep up the good work! You understand, a lot of individuals are hunting around for this info, you
    can aid them greatly.

    Here is my website – Wector.net

  37.   poradnik-lol-nidalee Says:

    If some one wishes expert view concerning running a blog after
    that i suggest him/her to pay a visit this weblog, Keep up the nice work.

    Look into my site – poradnik-lol-nidalee

  38.   free articles Says:

    Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a
    collection of volunteers and starting a new initiative in a community
    in the same niche. Your blog provided us valuable information to
    work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  39.   or. pet owner adivce Says:

    I do consider all the concepts you have introduced on your post.
    They’re very convincing and can certainly work.
    Still, the posts are too quick for starters. May just you please lengthen them a
    bit from subsequent time? Thank you for the post.

  40.   theme cydia 2014 Says:

    Yes! Finally something about theme cydia.

  41.   Control traps Says:

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
    of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and
    I look forward to your new updates.

    My website … Control traps

  42.   free download Says:

    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our
    community. Your web site offered us with valuable information to
    work on. You’ve done a formidable job and our entire community will
    be grateful to you.

  43.   Jacques Says:

    Highly energetic article, I liked that bit. Will there be a part
    2?

  44.   bilet Says:

    Good post! We are linking to this particularly great
    post on our website. Keep up the good writing.

Leave a Reply

CAPTCHA
*