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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Diabeetus, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    Then they should not be associated with those of us who are objectively covering. They should be in the crowd where the fans belong.
  2. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    Think that would change if they had access? Ever? Even minor stories?
  3. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    This is a discussion I'm certain we'll be having more and more and more with each passing season.
  4. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    Again, to be fair, the Islanders' proposed Bloggers' Row isn't in the press box. If it was, that would be a mistake -- and I think you'd find a lot of bloggers agreeing with you on that point.

    And J_D, no doubt you're right. Think of a few years ago, when Rivals.com guys were pariahs on most major-college football beats...now, in most places I'm familiar with, they're at least tolerated. And the world hasn't come to an end, even if some Rivals guys aren't ideally objective reporters or ideally skilled wordsmiths.
  5. Eagleboy

    Eagleboy Guest

    It might, yes. But there's a chance, to me, that it may be a case of "if it isn't broke, don't fix it."

    I guess, unfortunately, we'll have to see.
  6. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    But assume that, in theory, such a blog(s) exists. Is it fair for them to cover an event if that's the case?
  7. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    One thing I think we can all agree upon is the Internet has changed our business forever. Teams and fans have more power than ever in reporting information and shaping opinions in ways that were once almost our exclusive domain. That train has left the station, and it's not coming back.

    There will be more and more things we might not like, and they're not going to ask us how we feel about it. Teams have more ways than ever to try to bypass us and go directly to the fans -- Web sites, message boards, radio and TV shows, etc. -- and this latest idea adds to a list that I'm certain is going to grow, not shrink.
  8. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    One thing we're overlooking is that while many bloggers may be loyal fanboys, plenty aren't. A team that credentials the guys from Kissing Suzy Kolber, for example, is going to be disappointed if it expects fawning coverage. Ditto TheBigLead. Ditto Deadspin. Ditto Every Day Should Be Saturday. And on and on.

    And media members who think bloggers are cliche-bound idiots should read FireJoeMorgan, a blog dedicated to criticizing media members who are cliche-bound idiots.
  9. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    All excellent points, but the Islanders want "passionate Islander fans only," or something like that. Do you suppose other teams will be more open to the type bloggers you listed?
  10. Bucknutty

    Bucknutty Member

    If it's an objective blog that adheres to the same standards and ethics we hold ourselves to, then I think I'd be ok with it.
  11. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    I doubt it. But as I said earlier, "passionate" can cut both ways. I wouldn't be surprised to see this blow up if the Islanders play like shit in a game and a blogger asks a tactless question of a short-fused player or coach.
  12. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Well-Known Member

    Good notebook material for me if I'm there, I say. ;)
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