Overview

Learn journalistic techniques and stylistic tricks to tell effective, captivating sports stories in a variety of forms like a professional 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.

Through a combination of writing exercises, class discussions, guest speakers and virtual site visits, students will develop foundational reporting and storytelling skills: interviewing, news judgment, researching and writing compelling articles. Students will also practice thinking like reporters, ridding their writing of clutter, fact-checking their work and keenly observing the sport landscape in a world 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.

Course Highlights

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 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 virtually attend one or more professional games and explore the impact of COVID-19 on sports journalism.

• Possible virtual site visits include: Yankee Stadium, Coney Island, Live games (major and minor league baseball, soccer, women’s basketball)

• Possible speakers include: Ben Rothenberg (Sports Writer, The New York Times), Alan Schwarz (Author and Investigative Reporter, The New York Times), Louisa Thomas (Sports Contributor, The New Yorker), Tim Rohan (podcast host, Fall of a Titan; former Sports Writer The New York Times, Sports Illustrated), Nestor Taffur (Coach, Columbia Wrestling), and Nate Taylor (Kansas City Chiefs Correspondent, The Atlantic).

Please note: All information is subject to change at the discretion of The School of The New York Times.

Cost and Session Information

Dates:

Term 2: June 21 - July 2

Term 3: July 5 - July 16

Term 5: August 2 - August 13

Tuition is $2850

Location: Online

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

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