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. Stats
  6. Past History--Rivalries, Whole Season, Awards or Championships
  7. Look to the future - Progress
  8. 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. These are basic templates, so expand and adjust them as needed.  See your sample game stories

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)
Stats (Quotation) Past History
Past History Key Player
Big Play Game Summary (First Part)
(Quotation) Mistake Summary of Key Stats
Game Summary (Sensory Details) (Quotation) Key Play
Key Player/Stats Game Summary (Second Part)
Quotation Past History
Upcoming games for both teams/Season Final Stats
Quotation Upcoming games for both teams/Back to idea from the lead