Overview

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, sport has 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. This course will teach students how to capture these sports stories in words, pictures and sounds.

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.

Site Visits:

This is a new course. Possible site visits include:

Rucker Park, home of the Entertainers Basketball Classic
Yankee Stadium
Coney Island
Live games (major and minor league baseball, soccer, women’s basketball)
The New York Times newsroom and/or printing press.

Guest Speakers and Lecturers:

Past guest speakers in this discipline include:

Ken Belson, Sports Writer, The New York Times
Will Leitch, Founding Editor, Deadspin
Alan Schwarz, Author and Investigative Reporter, The New York Times

Cost and Session Information

Day Program: $5,150*

Residential Program: $5,750*

Dates: June 23 - July 05

*Listed program costs do not include course-specific lab and materials fees. Learn more on our website.

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