About jgisondi

I am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.

ICCJA is now on Facebook

We won’t publish new material on this page, instead we’re using a Facebook page reserved for ICCJA advisers. If you advise a student-run newspaper at an Illinois Community College, contact executive director Joe Gisondi at jjgisondi@eiu.edu.

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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.