Organizing a game story

In addition to your headline, lead, and game summary, you should consider adding the following to your game story:

  1. Info that puts the reader at the game or on the field--weather, crowd, playing conditions (use sensory details--sight, sound, smell, taste, touch)
  2. Key/Big Plays
  3. Key Players
  4. (Key) Mistakes
  5. Past History--Rivalries, Whole Season, Awards or Championships
  6. Look to the future - Progress
  7. Quotations: They are a key feature of sports writing.
Organizational Plan

Use these samples for ideas, which you adapt for your needs. Quotations should be taken from interviews you conducted.

Finally, don't forget the central idea you are stating in your lead. Think about this as you plan your organization. Also, consider blending info. (Sensory details, descriptive language, commentary) into your game summary to keep it interesting and lively.

Sample 1

Sample 2

Headline Headline
Lead (Sensory Details) Lead (Sensory Details)
Past History (Quotation) Past History
Big Play Key Player
(Quotation) Mistake Game Summary (First Part)
Game Summary (Sensory Details) Summary of Key Stats
Key Player (Quotation) Key Play
(Quotation) Look to Next Game/Season Game Summary (Second Part)
Conclusion Past History