Former High School Sports Reporter at GateHouse Media/Wicked Local
almost 2 years ago
(As a precursor, I covered high school sports.)
If it was a day I was covering a game, I would get there an hour before, talk with the coaches about how their team did in recent games and asked for any storylines to watch out for. Depending on the sport, I would ask for their starting lineup and write it in my scorecard and tweet it out. During the game, I kept stats and tweeted out live updates of the game. Be prepared to have your first 250 words or so written before the game is over because you will be rushing down to the locker room to talk to the coaches and players before they leave. I then transcribed the interviews, finished up my story and emailed it in to the sports desk and waited for a call from them telling me I was good to go home.
On days I didn’t cover a game, I worked in the office and took calls from coaches and wrote a 100-150 word recap on their games. There were about 25-30 games going on per night with 2-3 people on the desk at a time.