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How to Make a Sports News Article

    Think of what sports you both like and are knowledgeable about and decide what sort of article you wish to make. You can write either a general article about a sports personality or focus on a sporting event or a sportsman or sportswoman in the news.

    Research your article thoroughly and display your knowledge to enhance any article. If you are writing an article on a recent sporting event, then you can include a brief history of the event, including when it began, which team or person has been the most successful in the event's history, etc. Show that you have a thorough knowledge throughout your article, without overloading the reader with technical issues. For an article on an individual, then their outstanding achievements should be included, as well as some of the low points of their career.

    Write your article in a nonpartisan way. If, in a soccer match, one team has obviously been far superior to its opponent, your article should reflect that, but it should still look for some good aspects of the beaten team's performance. One or two players might have played well on the beaten side, for instance.

    Try and get actual quotes from sports personalities. It might seem that many modern sports stars are inaccessible, because they have an entourage surrounding them. However, check social networking sites like Twitter, and see how many sports personalities engage with the general public rather than only fellow celebrities. Always ask permission for using a quote, if you are going to use any response gained in this way. Quotes are often as important as a report, but they should not be distorted.

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Tips

  • Look at the writings of other respected sports journalists. You will learn from them how to be, as a writer, informative and entertaining at the same time.

Warnings

  • A very popular sporting event can seem attractive to write about, but you will face more competition to get it published, or noticed - if you can publish an article on a personal blog or website. Conversely, an article about a lesser known event may be easier to get published, but it will, by its very definition, not attract the interest of so many people.

Things Needed

  • Sports knowledge
  • Writing skills

About the Author

Paul Rance began writing in 1979 for small-press publications and was a columnist for the British small-press publication "Rattler's Tale." He has had articles and reviews published on many subjects, especially relating to music, cinema, TV, literature and poetry. He was educated to A Level standard at Rapid Results College in London.

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