Gemma Spofforth Feature Story

This feature story by Tori Petry was selected as a National Broadcasting Society Awards Finalist.

Gemma Spofforth, assistant coach for the University of Florida swim team, doesn’t feel the need to be defined by her identity in the pool, even though she has an impressive swimming resume: former Gator, British Olympian and world record holder.

“I’ve got more to give, and I’ve got more to do in my life,” Spofforth said.

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espnW: NASCAR not just for the boys

Fuel mileage. Restrictor plates. Bump drafting.

It sounds like a foreign language to those outside of the world of stock car racing, but to 75 million NASCAR fans, it’s their native tongue.

Surprisingly, men aren’t the only ones who speak this language. In fact, 40 percent of the NASCAR fan base is female. And they have no problem keeping up with the boys when it comes to talking about racing.

“I know every driver,

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AWSM 2012: Panel on using Twitter in sports journalism

In a generation where consumers are attached to phones and the Internet at the hip, journalists are increasingly integrating social media into their coverage. But with the emerging technology comes risk.

A premature and inaccurate report on Twitter last fall that Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died was a reminder for reporters and editors alike to re-examine how social media websites like Twitter and Facebook fit into their reporting. Though many company policies clearly outline their ethical standpoints,

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Earnhardt ends a 4-year drought at Michigan

When the checkered flag waved at Michigan Motor Speedway on Sunday, the 4-year wait was over. Dale Earnhardt Jr. had finally earned his much-anticipated 19th trip to Victory Lane, and the fans were nothing short of ecstatic.

Tony Stewart drove his #14 car into second place 5 seconds behind the #88. “It’s not like it’s a national holiday, guys,” Stewart said of the racing world’s reaction to the win.

But if you’re part of Junior Nation,

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Interview with Chipper Jones

For 23 years, Chipper Jones has been a professional baseball player. But, sadly for Braves fans, there will not be a 24th.

On March 22, the Atlanta Braves third baseman announced that the end of the 2012 season would mean the end of his career. Jones was the first round draft pick by the Braves in 1990 before he began his Major League career at Atlanta in 1995. In the years since then,

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Interview with NASCAR’s Trevor Bayne

Going into the weekend at Texas, Trevor Bayne was holding his own at 4th in the Nationwide Series point standings. But even with the high ranking and three Top 10 finishes in Nationwide so far this year, the #60 Roush Fenway Racing team was unable to secure funding for Texas. What’s next for Bayne and his team?

Bayne spent the race in the stands instead of behind the wheel, falling back to 7th place.

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Roush Fenway takes two, Rockingham returns

After the first off-week of the season over Easter, NASCAR was back on track this weekend. Texas Motor Speedway hosted its first Nationwide and Sprint Cup races of the season, while the Camping World Trucks were at Rockingham Speedway for the first time in eight years.

In Nationwide on Friday, it was Roush Fenway’s Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. who took the checkered flag. The victory was his second of the season after winning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in March.

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