Week 2 – Discussion 1

Week 2 – Discussion 1
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Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

Beyond the Scoreboard

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Prepare: Sports reporting is perhaps the most recognized type of journalism outside of hard news coverage. Entire magazines, websites, as well as radio and television programs are devoted to nothing but sports coverage. While many of those “reporting” on sports are former athletes, there is a difference between the sports commentator and the sports journalist. Commentators typically provide opinions on the game itself or the athletes involved. While sport journalists may do the same, their responsibility is also to report fair and unbiased coverage beyond the scoreboard. In recent years, many teams and athletes have been under scrutiny for some type of illegal or unethical activity.

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Reflect: Choose an issue that occurred in the past year and that reflected poorly on the sports industry. Evaluate a story surrounding the issue and discuss whether you believe the reporter dealt with the issues in a fair and balanced manner.

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Write: After you have reflected on the impact of the issue, write a 250- to 300-word response that discusses how well you feel the reporter handled the story. In your initial post, you must include at least one in-text citation from the reading material and an additional in-text citation from a scholarly source that you locate in the Ashford University Library or from another credible source. At the end of your post, include your name and a full reference for all sources cited in the body of your post. All citations and references must adhere to APA style guidelines as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

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Respond to Peers: After you have written your initial post, read the posts of your peers and respond to at least two others about the stories they found and how they felt about the reporter’s handling of the story. Your responses should address them by name, be between 100 and 150 words in length, and you must include your name at the end of each response.

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