The art of sportswriting

Authored by: Rob Steen , Huw Richards

Routledge Handbook of Sports Journalism

Print publication date:  November  2020
Online publication date:  November  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138671874
eBook ISBN: 9781315616704
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315616704-3

 

Abstract

In this chapter we look not at why or when, but how. What it is to be a sportswriter. On one hand, it's quite straightforward: “You merely sit there at a typewriter and think until the blood seeps out of the pores on your forehead,” said Red Smith, of the New York Herald Tribune and the New York Times. Another approach is described by Nick Pitt, former sports editor of the Sunday Times, who once said that when he sat down to write a story, he would write it as if telling the story to a friend in the pub. Whichever way you spin it, if being a sportswriter isn't the best job in the world, it's certainly on the podium.

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