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BBC Sport Online journalist Tom Fordyce gives youm some tips for your sports report

One of BBC Sport Online's top journos Tom Fordyce offers his advice for your report.


  • Think before the game about what the most interesting angle might be. Is there one player you might want to focus on?

  • A good way of working out what you should write about is this: what would be the first thing you told a friend about the game if they hadn't seen it?

  • Try to use simple, concise language and sentences. Long words and long sentences don't make you a better writer.

  • Be original with your writing and try to avoid using clichés.

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