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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.

BPS Sports Blog

Justin Rice of Boston Public Schools Sports Blog featured “Next Up at Fenway”.

Justin created the blog — as an independent journalist — a few years ago.  He detailed its genesis in a 2011 interview with Sports Media Guide.

I met him in 2011 at a Fenway High baseball game in Dorchester.  Now the blog belongs to the Boston Globe and Justin curates it.  He  is the go-to guy for anything about BPS sports and his Twitter feed is always entertaining.  After the Marathon bombings he had a steady stream of relevant tweets.  Full disclosure:  Justin read and commented on an early draft of “Next Up.”