I still don’t really know what I want to do as a research question, but I know I want to do something sports-writing related. So perhaps my current research question is: “How do sportswriters get their information?”
Why a question that seems so simple to find the answer to, but at the same time, not many people outside of the sportswriting world know how to do it. This question popped into my mind after an article on Grantland.com titled “How Notre Dame’s 1946 Class Forever Altered the Recruiting Landscape.” The article was very informative on the process of recruiting even in the mid-1940s. This made me question how do sportswriters think of certain topics to write about and how they go about planning it.
I first googled (I don’t understand why googled is not recognized as a real word yet, but that is a rant for another time) “sports writing research” and my first search came up with a cool source from BleacherReport.com, a sports website, and the article was “Sportswriting isn’t just fan scribbling: It takes time and research”
It is an interesting read from a writer on Bleacher Report. It’s a small article, but it’s a good jumping off point.
That was the only source I deemed usable from my lame attempt at a search. I next typed in “Sportswriting Tips” and found two sources I deemed to be useful.
The first was from a .org site. That is reassuring on its own knowing it’s not just a typical .com domain. It was “10 Tips for Improving Scholastic Sportswriting” that helped give tips on being a better writer. I don’t really consider it a great source because it’s more of just tips to be a better sportswriter, not how they get their information
The next source was from Bleacher Report on sportswriting tips, highlighting the importance of a good editor and of course good writing. I thought this was the best one I looked at so far.
That’s all I have for now, but I am sure I will be back later on in the unit with more respected, more scholarly, and overall better articles.
UPDATE 2/11: I had a breakthrough with research as we had free-time in class to go over more of our blogs and to sort things out. The time allotted in class helped me think of a new search for Google and that search was “Writing a sports column.” I then found a source from a site called SportsJournalism.org titled “How one sports columnist approaches the sports column.” I thought this was a great source as it helps me figure out how a writer approaches writing an article. This also related to me in some ways as I used to write sports article for a newspaper back home, so this was a big step for my research going in the right direction!
UPDATE 2/12: I have found another research source of researching sportswriting. This is a source from Grantland and instead of researching, this is more of attacking other sportswriter for reporting the same sources. It is an interesting take on the behind-the-scenes world of sportswriting. Source 5