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About jgisondi

I covered sports and worked as a sports copy editor for more than 20 years at several newspapers in Florida, including the Fort Myers News-Press, Clearwater Sun, Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. I started writing for a weekly sports publication in Coral Springs, Fla., at age 15. I have been hooked on sports journalism ever since. I was fortunate to have worked with some amazing editors along the way, journalists who took the time to help me even when my copy was not top-notch. Now, I teach journalism at Eastern Illinois University and work as an editor for, a vertical that focuses on Big Ten athletics. A second edition of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports" will be available sometime in February 2017. The book is a practical guide to preparing, observing, interviewing and writing about 20 different sports, from auto racing to wrestling. Chapters also address ways to cover high school sports, fantasy sports, to develop sports blogs. You can also learn how to cover games, to write features and to interview better. Fans can also learn basic rules of these sports, along with ways to better observe the action. New chapters in the second edition will address social media, advanced analytics, fantasy sports coverage and revised, expanded chapters address game coverage, features and columns, among other new sections.

Learn more about sports, bigfoot

A second edition of the Field Guide To Covering Sports that has numerous new chapters about traditional, digital and mobile sports media approaches will be available sometime in early 2017. You can learn more about sports media on my website at … Continue reading

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Tips for planning college sports coverage

College teams are already training and scrimmaging, weeks ahead of another academic year. So now is the time to plan your college media’s sports coverage – that is, if you have not already done so. (It’s not like every single event is not … Continue reading

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Effingham paper features ‘Monster Trek’

The Effingham Daily News wrote a cover story on Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot on April 8. Check it out.

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Featured on WEIU-FM’s ‘Issues & Attitudes’

Spoke with host radio host Jeff Owens on WEIU-FM’s weekly news magazine “Issues and Attitudes” about bigfoot, researchers and a little about sports. The show is simulcast on a local cable channel, which is the feed you can watch here.

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Chat with Z Talk Radio

Chatted with radio host Julie Sav recently on ZTalkRadio Network about people who devote tens of thousands of dollars and much of their lives to searching for bigfoot. To listen, click here.

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Stop by for bigfoot discussion at EIU

Forget the Kardashians, “Making A Murderer,” or Super Bowl 50. What’s cooler than discussing bigfoot? Stop by Eastern Illinois University tonight for my discussion on bigfoot, researchers and “Monster Trek.” Sayeth the press release: “After six years traveling to five … Continue reading

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