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About jgisondi

I am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.

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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