Learn journalistic techniques and stylistic tricks to tell effective, captivating sports stories in a variety of forms like a reporter.
It’s no wonder that sports journalism is a dominant part of many media outlets. When it comes to good stories, sports have it all: the glory of winning, the agony of defeat, heroes, underdogs, human characters with their strengths and frailties. And in the world of sports, New York City is king.
Through a combination of writing exercises, class discussions, guest speakers, site visits and attendance at sporting events, students will develop basic reporting and storytelling skills: interviewing, news judgment, researching and writing compelling articles. Students will practice thinking like reporters, ridding their writing of clutter, fact-checking their work and keenly observing the sport landscape in a city where there is no shortage of stories to tell.
This course is ideal for sports-obsessed students or dedicated athletes who love writing and long to turn these passions into their life’s work.
Summer Academy enables students to dive deep into a course of study, sharpening skills for their academic and professional futures. Each course is carefully designed to suit student interests and encourage intellectual curiosity.
• Students will explore the sports landscape of the city as an extension of their journalistic classroom and learn how to conduct interviews and create content that informs and entertains.
• Investigating how sports writing has shifted in the digital age, students will explore how storytelling differs on mediums and discuss their role in sports coverage.
• Students will attend one or more professional games and explore the non-professional sports scene of New York City.
• Site visits will vary based on the instructors and terms. Previous courses have visited: Rucker Park (home of the Entertainers Basketball Classic), Yankee Stadium, Coney Island and Live games (major and minor league baseball, soccer, women’s basketball). Students will also have the opportunity to visit The New York Times newsroom and/or The Times printing press.
• Speakers and lecturers will vary with the instructors and terms. Previous speakers include: Ken Belson (Sports Writer, The New York Times), Alan Schwarz (Author and Investigative Reporter, The New York Times), Ben Walker (Reporter, Associated Press) and Will Leitch (Founding Editor, Deadspin).
Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.
Cost and Session Information
Day Program: $5,225*
Residential Program: $5,825*
Dates: June 21 - July 3
*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.