Using the Language Arts to Express Sport News
Sports news is often misinterpreted as factual reporting on sports events, but it can be more informative in nature. Sports journalism is actually a specific form of writing which reports on events pertaining to sports and sporting topics. Sports journalism began in the late 1800s when it initially was aimed at the upper class and then transitioned into a major segment of the news industry with many newspapers having dedicated sports pages. The first sports writers were sports journalists who provided information to sports enthusiasts about events taking place in various sports leagues, such as baseball and football for the United States.
In today’s context, sports news is more often featured in the sports section as well as breaking sports stories from around the league. The sports news section of any newspaper provides significant content around events in sports and even non-sport events that may interest the general reader such as local sports stories or high school sports gossip. One example of this would be the New York Post, which often features sports-related stories as well as features celebrity gossip and news stories. Many people also enjoy reading high school sports gossip and the sports section of many newspapers such as the New York Times has dedicated sports department which is also popular among people who enjoy reading about sports and their coverage within the sports page.
In today’s world, one can find a lot of jargon in sports reporting and in many sports themselves that makes the meaning of the term sometimes difficult to understand. This is especially true when the jargon is not used to simplify the discussion or convey a specific meaning. For example, the term “pace” is often used in relation to a sprinting competition without really defining the term or its definition. The use of certain jargon can be very confusing and even lead to arguments amongst competitors and those who are reporting on the event, thus reducing the quality of sports news. The language arts have developed methods and ways to simplify such jargon and make it more understandable and the goal is to have an acceptable level of communication in sport reporting.