The Digital Drivetrain
The automotive world's transition into the age of digital media

New-School Sports Journalism, raise your game.

I recently attended a discussion at Knight Hall of the University of Maryland containing a panel of various journalists and bloggers from the D.C. area. Sports journalism was the subject, more specifically the impact new media is creating on sports reporting and where the general direction of the media is headed, along with some worries and concerns over the future. The discussion was a clash between “oldschool and newschool” journalists and bloggers and how they report sports and their opinion on the topic.

One of the biggest differences between the two groups was the true emphasis of their posts and writings. Dan Steinberg, a blog writer from D.C., presented a good point that brings up a small fear I have about the direction of all media, including sports journalism. Basically he summed it up in the fact that a traditionally good story he posted about players before a playoff game, which took several days to complete and edit, was completely demolished in views by a post of a funny video he had posted in seven seconds without thinking. This small story raised one question in my mind; with blogs, does the content take the back seat to the desire to get page views?

In modern blogging the audience is no longer looking for quality written pieces that have days of editing behind them. They want fast paced, up to the minute reports and facts, which are nowhere near as primped and edited as those found in a traditional newspaper. I think this is going to bring an eventual downfall to proper grammar and create a new news media where the traditional values in conventions and proper writing take a backseat.

The United States is getting too fast paced for its own good and the people are the only ones to blame. They want everything at their fingertips on their cell phone the second it happens and the media industry has no choice but to react and adapt. If the people no longer care about the quality of the posts, neither will the media companies. New media will be posted in order to get the most people to look at the pages, not for the true quality of writing.

This new direction is scary, even for an engineering major who considers himself barely literate; I still would rather read the Washington Post than Lebron’s twitter. Call me old-fashioned.

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One Response to “New-School Sports Journalism, raise your game.”

  1. I used to think that about blogs too…that they were written by uneducated fools whose grammar was barely legible and were writing off the top of their heads. But after creating my own blog and viewing others’, I changed my opinion. Most of the blogs I have seen are well-written, well-organized, and have original ideas. There are a lot of intelligent people out there, and the ideas they write about in their blogs are worth reading! While there are still very bad, grammatically-lacking blogs and tweets, I bet not many people read them…or at least I hope so.


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