Good sports

Having worked on the sports copy desk now and then, I know and respect the effort that goes into putting together a solid sports section. As copy editors in sports are quick to point out to their colleagues on the news side, they are putting out “election night” sections every day. Increased deadline pressure and significant page remakes between editions are routine.

On Sports is a blog that I’ve just recently discovered (thanks to the NewsU blog), and it’s reminding me of the hard work of the sports copy desk. The blogger is Joe Gisondi, who teaches at Eastern Illinois University. A former copy editor for numerous newspapers in Florida, Gisondi has some great tips for those interested in writing, reporting and editing about sports. In this recent post, he asks whether it is accurate to say that a women’s basketball team played man-t0-man defense.