Posted October 16, 2018 06:05:58A big part of what makes us tick is being able to find stories that are true.
We’re good at finding stories that make you smile, and we’re good with finding stories about what makes people tick.
So what’s the secret to a good sport journalist?
I asked some of the best sports journalists in the business to share their tips for finding the best stories to write.1.
You have to understand what people want to read.
If you have a story you want to write, you need to understand why people are reading it.2.
Don’t overdo it.
If your story involves the death of a beloved athlete or celebrity, make sure it doesn’t get too much more out of it than what it needs to.3.
Don “sell” the story.
Be sure your story gets enough exposure to people so they can understand it, but don’t oversell it.4.
Find the right target audience.
Don, say, a soccer mom or a baseball player or a hockey player.
You don’t need to write about soccer moms or baseball players or hockey players.
They’re all too familiar.5.
Know what people think about you.
When you write a story, don’t just write about the sport.
You should be able to write a compelling story about the person who is writing the story and about the world that surrounds them.6.
Ask the right questions.
Why did you write that story?
Why did the person you’re writing about choose that sport?
What’s their background?
Why do they have such a strong connection to their sport?
If you know why, ask them.7.
Take a look at your own personal stories.
Ask yourself, how did this fit into the sport I was born to play?
How did my parents choose to watch this sport?
How has that affected my life?
I don’t think many sports writers know about that.
It’s one of the most important things.8.
Don.t. write about yourself.
Write about people.
Ask for feedback.
It helps you figure out what the story needs.9.
Know your audience.
People care about you, and they care about the story you’re telling.
Ask them for their perspective.
They’ll tell you what they want to see.10.
Be.aware of your audience’s emotions.
Your audience is different.
It doesn’t have to be a fan base of a particular sport.
Maybe your story has a little bit of a pro football connection, but your audience is not interested in the football aspect of it.
That could be a good thing.
If the story has an anti-establishment angle, then it might not be a fit.11.
Don’s the only one who has the answers.
If they’re asking questions, ask for their opinions.
The more questions you ask, the better.12.
Be willing to make sacrifices.
When someone has a story to tell, ask, “How can I make this better?”
It’s not a question that everyone is willing to answer.
But when someone asks, “What can I do to help the story?”
It shows you’re willing to change something if you’re asked.13.
Find stories that resonate with the reader.
When I first started covering hockey, there were few articles about it.
When a player died, I wrote a story.
When some of my teammates died, the story was written.
And when someone dies, a story is written.
So there’s something special about having a story that resonates with people.14.
Ask hard questions.
If a player dies, and you want the readers to understand how the team reacted to that, ask the team what happened.
Is it important to the team?
Is it just to the hockey world?
If the answer is yes, you’ve found a story with a little extra weight to it.15.
Know who you’re talking to.
If I write a hockey story, I’m talking to a lot of hockey people.
But if I write about a different sports world, I might not get the same level of respect from those people.
The person you interview might be a friend of yours.
If that’s the case, I may have to start with a different person.
So be open to the fact that I’m writing a hockey article, and I’m not talking to every person on the planet.
If someone tells you they’re a hockey fan, and that’s not the case for you, respect them for that.17.
Don’ t. try to please everyone.
Be open to what they think of you.
It may sound cliche, but if you have people who love your story, they’ll tell it to you.
And that’s a good sign.18.
Be a good listener.
People who love their sports will talk to you about your story and