The most common ways to get a story right are to have a good idea, be creative and make sure the audience gets the message, said Jon Hetzner, founder and editor-in-chief of the online newspaper Bleacher Report.
If you want to write something great, Hetzson said, “You’ve got to be smart and you’ve got a good feeling about your story.”
The way Hetzners team approaches writing a story depends on what they’re looking for.
It depends on how they’re going to be covering the game, Hutton said.
“You want to have as many sources as possible,” he said.
They need to be able to talk to the players and the coaches and talk to other sources.
If they’re covering the whole thing, they’re taking in a lot of different angles, and they have to know how to tell the story, Hettner said.
Hettners team has found success with his team-based style, where the writers create a piece of content based on the players, coaches and other sources they’re using.
The team also has a reputation for being “proactive” in their coverage, meaning they’re not waiting until the last minute to get the first report on the team.
In Hetzns case, he said he got a story ready to go when the Vikings were playing the Rams and they were in the midst of their bye week.
“We had a couple of players on the sideline, and I got to know them and get to know their families, and we had an idea of what was going on,” Hetznson said.
The idea was to bring the players in and get them in the writers’ room for some early reporting, he added.
Hetz said the writers don’t wait for all the information to come in.
“The stories are going to come through a process,” he explained.
“It’s like a slow process.
If it’s a little bit late in the game or if it’s too late, it’s going to take longer to get it done.”
If you’re a reporter, Hetsons advice is to get in the mood for a good time.
“When you’re out there, you’re not thinking about the outcome of the game,” Hettns said.
You’re thinking about what you want people to think about, and you want that to be a fun experience for everyone involved.
“Be relaxed,” Hetson said.
It’s important to get into the right mindset for the game.
“I think that’s a big thing,” he added, noting the importance of having fun and being productive.
“But you have to be patient with yourself and the players.”
Hettning said he was surprised by how many times he was asked to play catch by the Vikings in the fourth quarter during their Week 9 game against the Saints.
“There was an emphasis on catching the ball and not letting the defense get into your face,” he recalled.
Hetts was asked if he had to catch it, so he tried.
“No,” Hetts said, laughing.
“That was one of the few times I had to do that.”
Hetz did not catch the ball, but he did get a good look at the ball.
He’s not the biggest guy, but Hetz was able to catch the football.
“He was really good, man,” Hetts said.
He also has great confidence in his ability to do it all, and he wants to get better each and every time he steps on the field.
“Just keep it in perspective,” Huttons advice to his team is to take everything in.
It can be frustrating when you are not able to get all the angles right.
Hets team has been fortunate to have sources from every angle.
“Every time you get a chance to have somebody that’s on the other side of the ball say something about the player, you can tell they’re telling you everything they know,” Hutton added.
“This is the one time, you have an opportunity to hear their story.”
He also wants to give his team a good feel for how to write the story.
“Our writers are very good at reading between the lines,” Hittson said of how they decide what’s worth writing.
They know what the player needs, and how to find the story within that.
“Sometimes you have players that don’t want to be in the story,” Hitzner said, referring to players that aren’t the focus of the story but are part of the group.
They’ll want to hear what the other players have to say, Huttners advice to team is for them to know “what’s on their mind” before they even have a chance at getting into the writer’s room.
“If they’re talking to somebody else, they need to hear from them first,” Htner said about players that they don’t have a direct line to.
“They don’t necessarily want to tell you everything,