Final (Research Question) Countdown

The Final Blog Post. Boy oh boy, though it will go out with a bang that’s for sure. Why is that? Because of my indecisiveness, I have gone through several research questions and now found one where I can find research in references to writing, rhetoric, purpose, and much much more. For those who keep losing track of what my research question here it is: How has the language of sportswriting changed because of Twitter?

I first went through my old blog posts about my question of social media and it’s impact on sports and went through each source to see if I could deem any of them appropriate and specific enough to my current research question…luckily I found four of my sources that focused on Twitter that I reviewed thoroughly and can still use them in my research. The first source is “How do sports reporters adapt to the internet?” using the search terms “Social media and it’s impact on sports.” My second source I used the same search terms and the source is “Twitter’s impact on Sports Journalism.” My third source came from the same search terms and the source is “How is the rise of Twitter affecting football journalism?” My fourth source came proquest after using the search terms “sports writing” “Social Media” and found a dissertation written by a former SU student Brian Moritz on “Rooting For The Story: Institutional Sports Journalism in the Digital Age.” I would link the URL, but proquest is very picky and selective about that. I will go into further details of these sources on my annotated bibliography.

Four down, many more to go. I went to Google after scrounging through my old sources and googled Twitter’s impact on sports writing and found a wordpress account actually related to my research question by Laurie Bell who has posted links to sources that she found useful and some of them were ones that I used as well, so I deemed that useful enough to pluck a source from that page. There was a research journal article by two authors, Mary Sheffer and Brad Schultz titled “Paradigm shift or passing fad? Twitter and Sports Journalism” that I thought was an interesting read. I also searched “How has Twitter changed sports writing?” and found a great source on Google, a dissertation even (WHO KNEW THOSE WERE ON GOOGLE!) titled “Twitter and Sports Journalism: a study of how Twitter has changed sports journalism” My last source from Google is a piece on sports writing and Twitter in the use of baseball. It is a specific genre, but gives me evidence to back up how it is indeed affecting sports writing all over the variety of sports being played. “How Twitter Has Changed Baseball Coverage, for Better or Worse, 140 Characters at a Time”

This is all interesting because my research question has become more specific and more importantly, I have evidence in the form of sources to support my claims that the language of sportswriting has changed because of Twitter. I used the search term “Twitter” “sportswriting” and “change” on proquest to see if there is any relationship between these three words and I found an interesting source titled “Twitter: good or bad for sports?” It even had a quote that helped me out a lot in what I was looking for. “Twitter has undeniably changed the nature of sports writing because results and criticism are instantly available.” A source that I found, for my lucky number and final source 10 is the one I find very relatable to me. I used to write for a local high school and would use Twitter a lot. Hence, why I’m asking the question of how Twitter has changed the language of sports writing and I finally found a source that has helped back me up on it. Of course, it’ll be more present in my annotated bibliography, but the source is titled “Twitter adds another element to High School Football coverage” and talks about how sports writing has been changed because of Twitter. A FANTASTIC FIND.

This is a pretty long blog post, but I summed up almost everything after two weeks of not finding anything I deemed of value, minus the four sources I kept, but found six new sources that have strengthened the evidence for my claims that Twitter is changing the language of sports writing.


The Interview (No, Not That One!)

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NO. Not that interview. I interviewed one of my close friends, Kevin Reese, who writes for a website called and talked to him about his passion for sportswriting and the impact social media has on sports. However, first I should address the elephant in the room that if the readers back home are counting, I have now switched my research question for the fifth time and hopefully the last time. Updated research question: How has the language of sportswriting changed because of Twitter?

I proceeded with that question in mind as I went into my interview with Kevin at his apartment on South Campus. Here are some exchanges we had as we talked about his background in sportswriting.
Arick: First off, what exactly is TheSportsQuotient?

Kevin: It is a site similar to BleacherReport, which is one of the sites we modeled ourselves after. However, what separates us from most sports websites is it is a college-student based website, where it is mostly college students covering sports across the country.

Arick: What do you do for TheSportsQuotient?

Kevin: I used to do a variety of things, like think of trivia questions for a trivia section of our website, but this year (sophomore year), I began to write these things called SoundOffs. I am a beat writer, which means I cover a specific area and my area is the Philadelphia Eagles, so I write a game recap and then also voice my opinion after I write the article. So it’s factual, but then I get to voice my opinion at the end, which I like a lot.

Arick: Are you an active Twitter user? How often do you check Twitter?

Kevin: I would say I am an avid Twitter user and I probably look at it every hour or two from when i wake up until I go to bed.

Arick: How have you seen Twitter interact in the sports world?

Kevin: Well, I follow a lot of sports stuff on Twitter. So, like ESPN and networks revolving around ESPN, sports writers, and athletes. So, sports often shows up on my timeline and I will see a lot of highlights or GIFs of certain plays that are trending on Twitter at the moment.

Arick: How do you incorporate Twitter into your sports writing?

Kevin: I would say it’s a lot easier to write because of Twitter. There is so much that happens that breaks through Twitter first, so if I see a certain headline that just got announced, I’ll see it on Twitter and then I will claim that “piece” and write an article on it. Writing a game recap is easy because there are numerous people who tweet during games and you get a better flow for writing when you see people publish stats online and what not. It is the easiest place to find anything sports related on the internet.

Arick: Thank you for taking the time out of your day to be interviewed…now drive me back to main campus.

I kid about the last part, but I thought deeply about what he said in the last sentence. “It is the easiest place to find anything sports related on the internet.” I believe that sentence has helped my research question in the fact that highlights are always at the fingertips of a sportswriters phone screen. So much can happen in five minutes on Twitter that a news story can break, and then in seven minutes, an article can be released. Twitter has renovated the sportswriting genre into a more fast-pace type of writing that sportswriters are adapting to in the twenty first century.

In my next blog post, I will find new sources to back up my new research question. Stay tuned. My friend Kevin

Familiar Words, Familiar Places

Sportswriting is a diverse genre of writing. Some sportswriting such as basketball or baseball may appeal to some people while other people may only be interested in golf or tennis. There is such a diversity of writing in sports because almost everything can be covered or written about in a unique way. There are several sports websites that not only cover sports, but also go in-depth into fantasy sports and now fantasy sports is even considered a genre of writing. There are writers who write about the scientific side of sports. People with PHD’s who now write and cover sports science-related. The world of sports appeals to so many people because it is part of our American culture.

As mentioned in the Mirabeli article, waiters must use more than just communicating to be effective.”This process involves knowledge of food preparation, use of specific linguistics (magic words), and much more” (Mirabeli, 553). Like sportswriters and waiters, both need more than just verbal communication to operate effectively. Sportswriters have certain ways of communicating and each sportswriters know certain words that are used in the genre communication. Deadlines and beat articles are ones that ring a bell to a sports reporters. Word count as well is a crucial part of a sportswriter success to fit in a description of a game in a quick, but effective manner.

I have thought about interviewing certain candidates to help me figure out how do sports writers research. One of those candidates as cocky as it sounds is me. I wrote for a newspaper from junior year to high school to end of freshman year of college, covering several sporting events and an array of sports in my hometown. I have known the ins and out’s of a newspaper business for quite some time. I also wrote for a sports website for a short period of time and have experience in online journalism. Yet, I would feel too pretentious interviewing myself. I have thought of interviewing a classmate of mine who is currently writing for a sports website and has written several articles in relations to the NFL and NBA seasons. He has a background in sports with his major being Sports Management and I feel he would be a good fit for my research question.

UPDATE¬† 2/16: Locate writing and rhetoric in what I’ve been searching.
A new research question for me: How does a sports writer make sure their audience is reached and in what ways is this shown through their writing?
After reading and discussing Mirabeli’s article in class, it has taught me that in the restaurant business, a menu is the sole form of communication between the customer and waiter/waitress. IN sports writing, the article is the form of communication between the writer and the reader. How does the writer do this if they discuss an article about a game the reader didn’t see?