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Lessons from Linsanity: How reporters can learn from media coverage of NBA breakout star Jeremy Lin

Tom Huang discusses how journalists can benefit from the media’s coverage of the latest sports phenomenon, Linsanity.  The term has erupted the past week as New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin shocked the sports world to lead his team to a five-game winning streak, highlighted by a 38-point performance against the Lakers

Huang writes, “What’s unusual about Lin’s story is that he is a Harvard graduate and an American of Taiwanese descent. There haven’t been that many Harvard graduates in the NBA. And, as best as I can tell, there have been only three or four Asian Americans in the league before Lin.

Add in Lin’s apparent good-guy humility and devout Christian faith, and his story resonates with a lot of folks, regardless of their appreciation for his fluid jump shots and acrobatic drives to the basket…

So I’m going to enjoy Linsanity for as long as it lasts. In the meantime, with my journalist’s hat on, I’d like to sketch out three things we can learn from covering this phenomenon.”

Click here to read Huang’s three lessons for journalists.

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