for this assignment, attend a local sporting event in your community. This could be a professional game, an athletic race or competition, or even a high school match. Take notes during the event, keeping track of exciting plays but also noting factors like a coach’s involvement, the reactions of teammates, or any other noteworthy occurrence. After the event, compose a recap as if you were going to publish it as a press release. Your written response should contain the following components:
- Background – In two to three sentences, relate to your instructor what event you attended, when and where it was held, and for which platforms you are writing this recap.
- Communication Assessment – In 150-200 words, describe the types of communication you observed at this event. Were there any reporters from local TV stations or newspapers at the event? Was the event broadcast on social media? Did the event have an announcer? Was the scoreboard digital? Think outside the box about how technology influenced the event not only for the spectators attending, but for those hearing about it after the fact.
- Initial Game Recap – In 100 words or less, craft a succinct but informative summary of what happened in the event, something that you could write up while the event was in action and post immediately when it ended. If the event was a game, you may want to include the final score along with some details about what made the event interesting. This communication is meant to be straightforward and to the point, letting fans know how the event played out.
- Main Recap – Elaborate on your Initial Game Recap and round it out into an article that could be published in a newspaper, sent out as a press release, or posted on a blog or online news site. In 500-700 words, provide more detail and context for what happened at the event, perhaps in a chronological format. If you had a chance to speak with the coach or any of the players, you may want to include quotes from a pre- or post-game interview. Or maybe you could spin the recap from a human-interest angle, focusing on the efforts of an individual player.