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Sports Journalism 101

Justin Rice penned a thoughtful piece for Poynter on teaching sports journalism to high schoolers in Boston.

A few years ago Rice started the BPS Sports Blog, which eventually became part of Boston Globe media.  Now he curates the blog, and covers city sports, and relevant issues, such as GPA requirements for high school athletes.

I admire Rice.  Among a sports media where redundancy, shtick, and hot air are standard issue, he delivers information and insight from a quiet outpost, professionally and responsibly.  To the kids, coaches and families in Boston schools, his coverage is every bit as important as commodity media in and around high-profile sports.

In his Poynter piece, Rice summarized what he learned as a teacher:

  • Collaboration is key. A lot of organizations do similar work and are eager to help identify students interested in sports journalism.

Fluto Shinzawa's Kitchen

The best Japanese-American hockey writer in Boston writes about how the NHL lockout gave him time to make pizza for his children, Hana, 6, and Wright, 3.

Fluto Shinzawa

 

The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa does not seem to miss the game as he writes:  “I have never felt the pull of fall as keenly as I have during the lockout. The kitchen is where it feels the sharpest. The oven timer beeps. The food processor hums. Fists pump when I hit the sweet spot of my tomato soup. Curses flow when my apple pie crust balloons and the nutmeg kicks in far too sharply.”