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Deseret News, SIDs and ethics

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Oct 31, 2011.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    I've freelanced for them and was treated OK, but this seems to be a new low. The Utah Valley University SID wrote this women's soccer gamer for the Deseret News. No mention of that fact in the article. It's amazing the paper couldn't find a non-UVU employee to cover the game.

  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I was going to say it was inexcusable that they didn't explain the conflict of interest for the "stringer" but that it was understandable that he covered it for the paper since the Great West soccer championship is probably held in Newark, NJ....but holy crap, it was a home game?! That's almost incomprehensibly bad and lazy.
  3. Matt Stephens

    Matt Stephens Well-Known Member

    The GWC, the conference that takes anyone and everyone
  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It's not unusual for SIDs to basically write gamers for newspapers, but you don't put their bylines on them.
  5. 1HPGrad

    1HPGrad Member

    Ace is right. Happens in lower-tier pro sports too. Usually they submit and the desk rewrites. Always without a byline.
    I'm much more surprised this paper devoted that much space to a women's college soccer match. That equals the sum of coverage I've seen at my papers.
  6. crimsonace

    crimsonace Active Member

    Ace typed it before I could. Very common to rewrite a press release. Very uncommon to give the SID a byline.
  7. Turtle Wexler

    Turtle Wexler Member

    The DN is basically a really big church newsletter. Not surprised.
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    SOP here, too, when we don't get an advancer on Nearby State games from the wire, as well as any events at the NA casino. Flaks don't get bylines, though.
  9. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    When I was SID-ing, the local paper ran my game stories just as I wrote 'em (I was pretty fair in how I wrote), and I certainly didn't expect -- or even want -- a byline. I did get a byline once, however, on an NCAA regional golf advance section. I did most of the work in writing team capsules and gathering photos of every player coming to the tourney, but still, that byline surprised me.

    However, when I was freelancing high school football for the same paper, I did get a byline.
  10. Full disclosure, I read the comments on this thread before reading the article, expecting to be smacked in the face by blatant homerism. Nothing in the story even remotely approaches the homer line, let alone crosses it. If this was word for word what the SID filed, I wish all SIDs wrote so crisply and cleanly.

    That being said, don't give him a byline, for God's sake. We know everyone's strapped by manpower, but don't draw attention to it by giving the SID a byline. "For the Deseret News" or "Special to the Deseret News" would have sufficed.
  11. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    I thought you were joking...holy hell, the Great West conference has teams in Chicago, New Jersey and the Dakotas? And people think Mizzou playing Georgia will be a travel nightmare for Olympic sports?
  12. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Don't forget the trips to Edinburg for basketball.
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