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Dealing with reporters turned bloggers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, May 27, 2008.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Here's the deal, where I work, one of the reporters quit to work for an internet startup.
    So I was assigned to some of his old duties and I made some changes to how things went.
    Since he's still hanging around, I run into him on occasion.
    And tonight was one of those nights.
    At first it was just pleasant then he started questioning me on the things that had changed because, you know he had set the standard for doing things right and I told him that they needed to be changed.
    Then he started bitching about access and how he wasn't getting what he had gotten before.
    I was like, what do you expect? You went to work for an online-only startup and you're a one-man show.
    You are lucky to be getting in the door.
    Then he started in on my paper's ownership and I had enough. I didn't explode with a STFU but I just told him I wasn't interested and that I needed to get some work done.
    That quieted things down a little bit.
    So I figured I would ask the SportsJournalists.com nation if they had run into anything similar and what you had done or what you would have done.
  2. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Ignore him. He's entitled to his opinion, but that doesn't mean you have to listen to it.

    Treat him as you would a reader a reporter always runs into that has an axe to grind.
  3. Don't you love those guys?
    I think every shop has at least one.
  4. BigTUNA

    BigTUNA New Member

    What's worse is the local radio guy that never worked for the paper that still thinks he's a better writer than you. One place where I worked, we had that, and I felt sorry for the guy so I let him string. We found out in baseball season that he sucked covering baseball, so I quit using him. He then came into the office one day while I was on assignment and blasted my ASE because he wanted a game. When he didn't get one, he went out and started his own web site and bad mouthing the paper to everyone that would listen. Unfortunately, that's a lot of people in that county. While no one really took him seriously, they would take him a little seriously when he started talking about how much better the paper would be if he were hired. No one knew to tell him if that were true he would have been hired at some point in the 1970s.
  5. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    I'd probably just say, "that's your opinion. I have mine. Have a good one."
  6. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Everything is relative.
    Just remember that. It will serve most sports writers -- good or bad -- a ton of good.
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