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Practical Newspaper Reporting, 3rd Edition by Geoffrey Harris, David Spark

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13 SOME THOUGHTS ON SPORTSWRITING

It is easy enough to report sport adequately; it requires inspiration and great care to report it really well. The reason is not hard to find. The sport section is the most predictable in your newspaper. Every week for eight months the doings of Blackpatch United will be recorded and by April one match can easily sound very much like another. In the many months since those midweek previews, so chirpy last August, your team has subsided again into the middle-of-the-league-table rut. Yet these repetitive sporting rituals, with their interplay of chance and skill and the inevitable ‘if onlys’, are for large numbers of your readers their main contact with the drama of sport. Outstanding moments are remembered for ...

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