Future of Sports Journalism

The future of sports journalism is heading into a blogging direction. There are many grey areas about the blogging world though. Is it journalism, are the sources credible, and what can be done to monitor the comments? Does the tone of the writer affect the tone of the reader? After looking at four blogs:DeadspinESPN’s NFC East BlogBoston Red Sox Blog, and Dan Steinberg’s DC Sport Blog, there is some solid information as well as garbage. 

Overall, the most professional blog was the NFC East Football blog. The writer, Matt Mosley, provides solid information and the articles are well written. The blog is a quick way of delivering news about the NFC East. The blog links to other parties, and allows for comments from the audience. However, the only downfall of the blog is the lack of moderation on the comments page. There was a lot of profanity throughout the comments section. 

In terms of journalistic credibility, second was Dan Steinberg’s D.C. Sports Blog. The posts were informative and well-written, but he used jokes to get some of his points across, something the ESPN blog did not do. One thing Steinberg’s blog did do was pose questions to the readers, allowing them to be more engaged. Again though, there was a lot of profanity on the comments board. 

Sawx blog provided information, but was more of a humorous sports blog. They seem to definitely be targeting an audience of males, aged 15-30. In terms of being considered journalism, I think it was just an opinionated blog. I don’t think there were any journalistic ethics involved. The posts were laced with profanity. Again, the comments board were filled with profanity, but that is to expected on this blog. 

Deadspin. Well, it garners the interest of a lot of people out there. The stories provide information, good or bad. The posts are filled with profanity. The tone is joke-filled satire. Whether it is journalism or not, they have a strong following. The writers are doing something right to capture the reader’s attention. Perhaps many people don’t like the idea of this being the future, but get used to it. These type of journalists are coming by storm, and the archaic way of journalism is over. Is it professional, probably not. Is it getting attention, absolutely. And it will continue too.

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2 responses to “Future of Sports Journalism

  1. seanknecht

    I think the point of blogging about sports is to use satire about the audience and/or athletes, not to release relevant news. Bloggers don’t have credible sources and should stick to opinion based entries. That is the difference between the ESPN blogs and sportswriters blogs. I’m not discrediting sportswriters, I’m just re-iterating that I think ESPN blogs should stick to releasing news because that is their main selling point for viewers.

  2. Eric Doody

    I think you touched upon a defining difference between blogs and actual reporting which is the ethics involved. Blogs have a lack of, or in most cases no ethical values. They swear, they rip apart their favorite players, and they would rather sit on a couch screaming at the TV than actually report on just the game and not their fan biases.
    Blogs do have good information, but usually it is the content of the blog that lacks any real value. While blogs may have insight and opinions on what is going on with their favorite or their most hated player or team, they tend to rant on and on without recognizing the overall issues of the game. There is a lack of ethical standards and most bloggers hide behind it being their love or passion, but if it really was wouldn’t they try to inform themselves on more than just a fan basis.
    Blogging, its like a news article, if a news article was opinionated crap.

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