About jgisondi

I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. Now, I teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University and work as an editor for Landof10.com, a vertical that focuses on Big Ten athletics. A second edition of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports" will be available sometime in February 2017. The book is a practical guide to preparing, observing, interviewing and writing about 20 different sports, from auto racing to wrestling. Chapters also address ways to cover high school sports, fantasy sports, to develop sports blogs. You can also learn how to cover games, to write features and to interview better. Fans can also learn basic rules of these sports, along with ways to better observe the action. New chapters in the second edition will address social media, advanced analytics, fantasy sports coverage and revised, expanded chapters address game coverage, features and columns, among other new sections.

ICCJA announces new officers

Congrats to our new officers – Ted Powers, Moraine Valley, President; Bob Marcink, Joliet Junior College, Vice-President; Catherine Schaidle, Illinois College, Secretary; Frank Coffman, Rock Valley, at-large representative; Molly Turner, Harold Washington, at-large representative.

Student-journalists honored for 2013 work

The 2013 contest winners were announced today at Moraine Valley Community College. Click 2013 WINNERS to read the entire list.

Many thanks to the professional journalists who judged this year’s contest – Greg Bilbrey (Robinson Daily News), Chris Boghossian (Chicago Tribune), Tim Broderick (Arlington Heights Daily Herald), Chuck Burke (Chicago Tribune), Chicago Tribune design/editing staff, Matt Daniels (Champaign News-Gazette), Dave Dawson (Decatur Herald & Review), Chris Essig (Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa, Courier), Dann Gire (Arlington Heights Daily Herald), Ted Gregory (Chicago Tribune), Stephen Haas (VP of Illinois Press Photography Association), David Hanley (Clear Channel Studios), Nora Maberry-Daniels (The Leader), Don O’Brien (Quincy Whig), Marco Santana (Des Moines Register). Thanks also to Eastern Illinois University journalism faculty Brian Poulter and Liz Viall.