Jon DeNunzio: 3 things

Jon DeNunzio is sports editor of WashingtonPost.com.

GRADED EXERCISE: In the comments section below, add the three things you learned from Jon’s presentation. Deadline is 30 minutes before class on Tuesday Feb. 17. No exceptions!



17 Responses to “Jon DeNunzio: 3 things”

  1.   Fox Parker Says:

    Three things I learn from Jon Denunzio:

    1)There are no bad interviews, just bad questions. Find a way to get a person to to tell you his/her story. Everyone wants to tell you their story.

    2)Stay current with technology. The best way to do that is to emerse yourself in the latest technology. Check out different websites and the ways they do different things

    3)Make your stories personal. Put a person’s name at the beginning of your HS stories. Give you readers a something different. Give them a reason to read you over someone else.

  2.   joe Says:

    Three things I learned from Jon Denunzio:

    1)A person must master the basics when writing a sports news story. Then, you can get creative and add your spin.

    2) Sometimes a writer doesn’t necessarily have to have the best writing skills to be successful but they must offset that deficiency by being a good reporter.

    3)Write on your own through-blogs and other media outlets. Do freelance writing and there may be a possibility that you can get your stuff published. But, it is important to call around first to see which events aren’t being covered by a media outlet. Ask if you can cover games for them(media outlet).

  3.   bmurphy6 Says:

    Brendan Murphy
    Communication 371-001
    Sports Reporting/Klein

    3 Things I learned from Jon Denunzio:

    1. If something unexpected happens at a game, go with it. Its news!

    2. When covering high school games put a name in the lead. It is important to put a face to the story. People tend to glance over strategy stories.

    3. You eventually find your voice. When you have mastered the basics and develop a voice they with create fusion.

  4.   Mike Foss Says:

    Here are three things I learned from Jon DeNunzio:

    1. Take as detailed notes as possible. Not because you will go through all of them. But because it keeps you focused on the game.

    2. Offer to cover a game for out of town papers if you’re having trouble getting published locally.

    3. There are three pillars of basic (good) reporting: work hard, get the details right and keep it simple.

  5.   Eric Vitoff Says:

    Three things from John DeNunzio:

    1. It is a good idea to put an actual person’s name in the beginning paragraph of a story about a high school sporting event.

    2. I had never thought of the idea of asking papers from another city if you can cover their team when it comes around your home town. Sounds like a really good way to get your name out there.

    3. Along the same lines, it’s a great idea to get a blog going. You can use it as something that potential employers can look at for examples of your work.

  6.   Christopher Brooks Says:

    3 things….

    1. If it does not happen every day, it is news…if something else happens, it is NEWS!

    2. Balance goes out the window, later the season is. Cover the best games as the playoffs near.

    3. Use less play-by-play and add more personality to a story. Put a face in the first graf.

  7.   Sara Ronken Says:

    Three things I learned from Jon Denunzio:

    1. When covering high school sports, it is a good idea to place a name in the first paragraph. Choose a couple of athletes and use them to add more personality to the story, instead of just simply providing a play-by-play.

    2. The three pillars of high school reporting are:
    1) Work hard.
    2) Get the details right.
    3) Keep it simple.

    3. There are no bad interviews, just bad questions. Find the approach that works best with the athlete.

  8.   Evan Says:

    1. A name and a personal story reads and sells better than scores and stats for most sports stories.

    2. While it may sound good to ask a non-local paper to cover their high-school story, it’s more likely that not only would they not need you, but they wouldn’t even need a writer at all. More and more papers are posting scores and stats alone.

    3. Especially in high school and prep schools, look for stories that standout. Rarely is any news bad news.

  9.   Andrew Says:

    Three things from Denunzio:

    1. To break into journalism, you usually have to start with covering small high school games.

    2. It is incredibly important to be good at the basics of reporting.

    3. Keep articles to the point. It is journalism, not fluff.

  10.   Kevin Healy Says:

    1. Write about the EVENT not the game.

    2. The first step is to get your writing published anywhere you can.

    3. Open your story by giving the reader someone to relate to.

  11.   Grant Paulsen Says:

    Denunzio’s 3 things …

    1. If you go to a game and somebody gets killed, that should make your story. It’s news in the same way that the game was.

    2. Big words and wordy sentences don’t always make for good writing. Keep it simple. Simple is better.

    3. Always look for ways to get published. If Hofstra is coming to town, call the school’s athletic department and ask if they need a story from the game.

  12.   Ben Libby Says:

    Three things I learned from Jon DeNunzio:

    1.) Covering high school sports has its obvious advantages in that one has a wide range of people in which they can speak with.

    2.) In the event of a shooting in the parking lot of a high school sporting event, while not relevant to the event itself, it is still important to write about because it’s news.

    3.) Providing the reader with the name of a key player in the first paragraph gives the reader a sense of connection with the athlete.

  13.   Diana Friedman Says:

    Diana Friedman

    Three things I learned from Jon Denunzio:

    1. The best kind of experience is practical, no matter what your major at school is/was.

    2. A difficult aspect of web news is that the audience for the web is so elusive. Not only are there many types of readers, but there are so many facets to find the same information. You have to find a way to draw the audience in and the information has to be fundamentally sound.

    3. With high school sports, it is important to put a name to the story almost immediately.

  14.   Colin Fitzgerald Says:

    Three things I learned from Jon Denunzio

    1. Cover all important elements to a game, even off field.
    2. Give a reason for why you are covering a game, such as two undefeated teams, or home run leader.
    3. You may be able to get published by asking a visiting teams home paper if they have some one covering the event.

  15.   Colby Prout Says:

    1. One good idea is to cover a game for an out of town newspaper if that paper is unable to cover it.

    2. It’s always good to put a name in the lead of a high school sports story

    3. DOnt stick to just the game story. If something big happens outside the game. Run with it.

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