Journalism and Paralympics - we’re on the same team
One of the things I learned leading an MA Sport Journalism programme is that sport is a great introduction to our craft.
Sport is all about people, passion and community. If you can excite an audience by communicating the endeavour, energy and drama of sport - at speed - you are on the way to becoming an accomplished storyteller.
I was especially proud of our partnership with the Paralympic Committee of Azerbaijan
, which resulted in our students acting as the official media team during international events. A Paralympic first, I’m told.
The Committee’s mission is not only to facilitate sporting success, but to encourage stronger, more inclusive communities at every level. Which is exactly what I believe good journalism should do.
Exposing my students to some of the most inspiring people they will ever meet, and learning how to tell their stories in an open but respectful way, was a great learning opportunity.
The Paralympic Games: Prepare to be amazed
As you may have heard … the Paralympic Games are about to start in Tokyo.
If you can, share stories about your local Paralympians, or just turn on the TV now and again. You will be doing more than supporting some of the most dedicated athletes on the planet. You’ll be casting a vote for diversity and celebrating the power we all have to triumph over adversity. Thanks 🙏
On your marks, get set, visualise 📈
OK. What kind of stories could you tell? Any kind, but the Paralympics are bursting with data. So let’s start there.
There are three steps to telling any story with data:
Gathering the data.
Cleaning the data. Sometimes, but not always, requiring a few spreadsheet skills.
Visualising the data. Which doesn’t always mean charts.
But there’s something that usually comes before these: What question do you want the data to answer?
Diving into a sea of numbers isn’t just scary, it can result in generic, over-complicated charts. The more focused the question, the easier it is to find the data and deliver it with a visual punch.