Introduction

Introduction to Sports Reporting and Writing
JRLC 3850
Grady Sports Media
Spring 2021
#introsports #gradysports

Finlay: 11:10-12:25pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Ledbetter and Suggs: 2:20-3:35pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
Instructors:
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Section
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Instructor
Carlo Finlay, J.D.
D. Orlando Ledbetter, J.D.
David Welch Suggs, Jr., Ph.D.
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Contact
carlof@uga.edu 706.338.1740
dorlando@uga.edu 404.805.6310
wsuggs@uga.edu 706.363.0752
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Main classroom
Peyton Anderson Forum. 2nd floor journalism
Studio 100, 1st floor journalism
350 MLC
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Office hours
1 - 3 p.m. T, TH or by appointment
12 -2 p.m. T, TH or by appointment
1:20-2:20 M, T, Th or by appointment*
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Office
101F Journalism
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* Office hours for Suggs will be in the breezeway near Peyton Anderson Forum outside the second floor of the journalism building. Feel free to email/text/DM him for directions.
Congratulations and welcome to the first class in the Grady Sports Media certificate program! You are embarking in a fast-pace, intense program that will challenge you and reward you in equal measure. Our program is small enough that instructors and faculty get to know one each other over the course of two or three years, not to mention during your careers once you leave UGA. We will provide you with the experiences you need to gain the skills to be successful in sports media, as well as in any other fields that prize communication skills.

Make no mistake. We expect a lot from you. You will need to be focused and prepared for class, and you will be required to participate in out-of-class field assignments that may take an evening or an entire day over the course of the semester. But we would not have chosen you if we did not believe you have what it takes to succeed in this field. All of us are here to work with you and help you build the skills and the background knowledge that will take you to your dreams.

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions, concerns, or to strategize about how to meet the challenges of this class and those beyond. We are excited to work with you.

Course objective: To prepare students to cover sporting events and report on them professionally across modern media platforms.

In the context of the professional values and competencies of journalism and mass communication, students will…
Understand and practice the standards for professional ethics, behavior and etiquette in the sports media environment.
Recognize the roles, responsibilities, and privileges of coaches, athletes, media-relations officials, and media in gameday situations.
Critique the quality of sports media content.
Identify and interview the sources vital to good sports reporting.
Learn the basic style, form and guidelines followed in coverage of sports events.
Write stories and video scripts using appropriate grammar, mechanics, and style rules.
Track and interpret statistics to tell the stories of sports events.
Report and write stories of sports events on deadline.
Report sports events on social media.
Recap sports events on video.
Produce advance and follow-up stories for audience consumption.

Diversity statement: Sport is a world in which we expect meritocracy: the better teams and athletes earn opportunities and victories regardless of personal background or characteristics. We all know this is not always the case. In our reading and our coverage, we will be sensitive to our own potential assumptions and biases as well as those we see in the coverage of others. We will discuss issues of diversity in the hiring and work of teams and news organizations, as well as in the content they produce.

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