In his new book Sports Journalism (out 20th December 2012), James Toney, managing editor at national press agency Sportsbeat, gives aspiring sports journalists the inside track on the exciting and first-paced environment of sports journalism and how to get into it. He also provides a handy glossary so that when someone on the backbench tells you, ‘We’re off stone early tonight so need to have your copy filed by 8 and will add quotes later,’ you will soon understand what it means.
Here’s a few taster terms to get you started:
Backbench – The senior management of a publication or media outlet, which normally includes the editor, deputy editor, news editor and chief subeditor.
Filing – The act of sending your story to your editor.
Gaggle – An informal press conference, usually a gathering of reporters around a player or coach after an event.
Kill – To prevent a story from running. A kill fee may also be paid to a freelancer for a story that has been commissioned but not published by a media outlet.
Off stone – An old term, dating back to printing techniques, for the final time a newspaper must be sent to the printers.
Round table – When a number of journalists interview together, usually when time would not permit an athlete to give a number of one-on-ones.
Stringer – A freelance journalist hired on an ad-hoc basis to cover events.