ESPN senior writers and a New York Times bestselling author will talk to students about what it takes to craft good stories
Columbia, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2021) — Three acclaimed sports writers will come to the Missouri School of Journalism on Monday, Oct. 18 for a panel discussion about storytelling techniques, moderated by Meredith Chair in Service Journalism Ron Stodghill. The panel will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Fisher Auditorium, Gannett Hall.
Wright Thompson and Seth Wickersham are senior writers for ESPN and graduates of the School of Journalism, while Mirin Fader writes for The Ringer and is a New York Times bestselling author. All three will discuss their experiences in the journalism industry and their methods for producing engaging stories, and a brief Q&A will follow.
“The J School has a long tradition of attracting the industry’s best reporters and writers to talk shop with our future journalists,” Stodghill said. “I’m thrilled to participate in what will surely be a great exchange with Mirin, Wright and Seth, each of them extraordinary journalists with a commitment to sharing their insight and experiences with those coming up behind them.”
Fader, author of “Giannis: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP,” is not the only successful author in the group; Thompson has written two books, including the bestselling anthology “The Cost of These Dreams: Sports Stories and Other Serious Business.” Wickersham’s first book, “It’s Better to Be Feared: The New England Patriots Dynasty and the Pursuit of Greatness” is set to be released on Oct. 12, and a book signing will immediately follow the panel discussion and Q&A.
“We are thrilled to bring three writers to campus to talk with our students about story craft,” said Jennifer Rowe, a professional practice professor at the School of Journalism. “Although each has worked primarily in sports journalism, this session will be valuable for all students interested in improving their writing.”
Updated: October 13, 2021