Category #3: Sports Writing

Category #3: Sports Writing
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Time Allotted: Game starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Story deadline is midnight Thursday night.
Materials Provided: None
Materials Not Provided but Needed: Laptops; AP stylebook
Prohibited Materials: None
Websites: Students are not required but are strongly encouraged to visit the following links/documents prior to attending SEJC, and to read the information at the bottom of this post about covering Ole Miss games:

Exercise: Contestants will meet at 7 p.m. at the Farley Hall SEJC registration table, and leave for The Pavilion. If participants want to go directly to The Pavilion on their own, they must arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. Students will cover the women’s basketball game between Ole Miss and Auburn. Tip-off is at 8:00 p.m. A press conference follows the game. We have media credentials for contestants.
Assignment: Contestants have until midnight to submit a 500-600-word game story from their personal laptops. They must email their stories to
by the deadline. Put your assigned number (not name or university) on the top of the story.
Judging criteria: Quality of lead; quality of writing; quality of reporting; accuracy, including spelling of names; clarity; organization; spelling, punctuation and grammar; quality of quotes; AP style; editing for typos, word drops or similar mistakes; adherence to deadline.
2016-17 Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Media Information
Parking passes are not required for Ole Miss Women’s Basketball games. Members of the media are encouraged to park in the parking garage.
Photographers will be given floor passes and are expected to honor all sideline and baseline access areas. The respective bench areas, behind the bench areas and courtside in front of the scorer’s table are OFF LIMITS to all photographers. Strobe or flash photography is permitted only with permission from the Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Office. Strobes must be mounted away from the court area.
Per NCAA rules, media are not permitted to have contact with a prospect or family members of a prospect during their visit (official or unofficial), including prospects in attendance at practice or games. In addition, media are forbidden from videoing or photographing prospects during their visit. Media are also asked to make every effort to keep distance from prospects on campus, including at practice, during pre-game activities on the sidelines and in the stands.
Complete pregame notes with team and individual statistics will be distributed to the media when entering The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Following the game, final and halftime box scores, play-by-play and postgame quotes will be provided. Pregame food service will be available approximately 60 minutes prior to tipoff.
The media workroom offers media a place to gather materials provided by the Athletics Media and Public Relations staff, write and submit stories, transmit photographs and participate in post-game press conferences. The workroom at The Pavilion at Ole Miss will be located in the southwest corner of the floor level through the visiting team tunnel.