Evaluating Sports Stories

Some questions to ask about articles reporting on sports and players

ok checkmark blue Did the reporter identify the sport?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter speak with teammates, coaches, and players and coaches from opposing teams?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter speak with people who know the player away from the field?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter discuss the player's history?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter write about player traveling conditions?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter write about difficulties the player faced?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter describe the background and details of events?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter recount anecdotes?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter insert valuable quotes?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter write descriptive, colorful words?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter not waste words on cliches?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter organize the story material in a flowing, organic manner?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter guard against adding her or his opinion?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter use correct grammar and punctuation, and follow proper editorial style and formatting?
 
ok checkmark blue Did the reporter conduct sufficient research and carefully analyze background information to provide a complete and accurate story?

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