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1) Luc Robitaille is my favorite all-time King. 2) “We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control in his new position." So does that mean Rich can be critical in anything he writes, or is it just gamers and fluff for a team Web site?
Never known Luc to speak with such articulation and eloquence. Not to imply he is inarticulate but not exactly the wordsmith of that quote, either.
“We feel this is a landmark step for us as Rich will have full editorial control in his new position." So does that mean Rich can be critical in anything he writes, or is it just gamers and fluff for a team Web site?
Having known of Rich for awhile, sure he would not has taken this job if he did not have editorial control. Is Daily News hiring a hockey writer to replace him?If that papper such a "hellhole" Gutenburg, then why so bitter you didn't get UCLA job?
Third thread on this ... and it's old news. It's also in the running hockey thread. But Rich is a good guy, so maybe he is worth multiple listings.
Hammond may not "go easy" on the Kings, but the job will be easy, compared to working on the beat for a newspaper.These opportunities for newspaper people can't help but be so, because, despite the fact that Hammond, or others transitioning into similar such jobs, are said to have editorial independence and control, really, how far can it go?For example, let's say a coach gets fired, or a player arrested. Who possibly finds out about that before an organizational beat writer? No one, but are the Kings seriously going to allow Hammond to write it up, first and fully, before anyone else, as hard-hitting, pull-no-punches news? And really, is he going to want to? Or be able to, without anyone else looking at it prior to release?Let's just say I doubt it. And if he can/does do that, how easy can getting information get? He works for the Kings. Presumably, that means he will receive company email, and have more "inside" information than anyone, even a well-plugged in newspaper beat person.The set-up will give him almost automatic first dibs on any announcement coming from the organization. There will hardly be a need to "work sources."Also, the direct, easy, constant access to sources will make it easy to expand and expound on whatever news comes out.This arrangement allows reporters to do the best, most interesting and fun parts of the job, all without really having to do actual reporting, and be reporters, when it comes to the hard stuff.It's the best of both worlds, and makes life easy and stress-free, especially because, really, what competition is there? In essence, this is a PR job without being an actual PR job, and a reporting job without being an actual reporting job. Why wouldn't a reporter take such a position, especially considering the tenuousness of most actual newspaper jobs these days?
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