Big changes in sports journalism

Picture-22-150x150Check out veteran sportswriter Dave Kindred’s attack on Bleacher Report, which he calls a place filled with shoddy, inexperienced reporters. Adds Kindred: “BR survives on the journalistic burglary of amateur typists.” In a related story, John Feinstein, reveals that he has just been fired by the Sporting News after the company purchased AOL FanHouse, whose writers will now replace him. Go to the bottom of this post to read Feinstein’s angry response. Will be interesting to see what fans want most – comprehensive sports journalism, terrific storytelling, wild commentaries, fans chatting with one another. Probably a mix. Either way, who wouldn’t want to read Feinstein’s informed, interesting commentary? We’ll see how this all evolves.

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About jgisondi

I am the author of the "Field Guide To Covering Sports," the second edition now available from Congressional Quarterly Press/SAGE, and "Monster Trek: The Obsessive Search for Bigfoot" (U of Nebraska Press). Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition goes beyond general guidance about sports writing, offering readers practical advice on covering 20 specific sports. From auto racing to wrestling, author Joe Gisondi gives tips on the seemingly straightforward—like where to stand on the sideline and how to identify a key player—along with the more specialized—such as figuring out shot selection in lacrosse and understanding a coxswain’s call for a harder stroke in rowing. In the new Second Edition, readers also explore sports reporting across multimedia platforms, developing a foundational understanding for social media, mobile media, visual storytelling, writing for television and radio, and applying sabermetrics. Fully revised with new examples and updated information to give readers confidence in covering just about any game, match, meet, race, regatta or tournament, Field Guide to Covering Sports, Second Edition is the ideal go-to resource to have on hand when mastering the beat. In "Monster Trek," Joe Gisondi brings to life the celebrities in bigfoot culture: people such as Matt Moneymaker, Jeff Meldrum, and Cliff Barackman, who explore remote wooded areas of the country for weeks at a time and spend thousands of dollars on infrared imagers, cameras, and high-end camping equipment. Pursuing the answer to why these seekers of bigfoot do what they do, Gisondi brings to the reader their most interesting—and in many cases, harrowing—expeditions. You can order both from Amazon.
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