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ESPN.com "hyper local" expanding to Dallas, LA, NY

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SockPuppet, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Haven't seen anything posted on this yet. This guy has a pretty interesting take on the whole deal.

  2. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Probably best to start with the top four markets.
  3. ScribePharisee

    ScribePharisee New Member

    I was watching an ESPY remake tonight and thinking to myself. Erin Andrews is hot, but she's allegedly a journalist who has crossed into celebrity status. A very troublesome thought: ESPN has made its people that way. And now this. They'll team with rivals or some site like that and hammer even the preps people across the country. It makes me hate ESPN. They're getting bigger and bigger and no one seems to be able to stop them. It's like watching the Yankees of the 1920s or 1990s.
  4. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Would be easier to hate ESPN for this if the papers weren't doing a bang-up job of killing themselves all on their own.
  5. ScribePharisee

    ScribePharisee New Member

    Pretty sickening. It's like watching the neighborhood's Bill Gates, though a nerd he had a brain that would have the next-door toughie mowing his yard, getting his ass whipped as an adult.
  6. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    Yup. This is NOT good for newspapers, and only reinforces the belief that smaller papers are the only ones that have a shot in hell of surviving. ESPN certainly has the resources, staff and power to significantly affect major metro papers.
  7. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    What kind of crews do they have working on these projects?
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Figured this was coming when they went on a shopping spree a year or so ago.
    Figure Boston, Atlanta and Denver will be next.

    I'm waiting for word that they'll start offering their stuff to local papers for free. I guarantee publishers will jump at it.
  9. spud

    spud Member

    It's the poor top-down administration that has killed papers, not (necessarily) the lack of local coverage. At papers with the resources to do it I still see plenty of bang-on hyper local coverage. This is the further growth of sports journalism's WalMart and I fail to see any real positive to it.
  10. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    So what do they do in Chicago? I am not familiar with this at all. Does anyone have a link to a Web site?
  11. mb

    mb Active Member

    Never looked. But they sure promo the hell out of it.
  12. Simon

    Simon Active Member


    They use AP for everything with some columnists and bloggers to kick the Sun-Times and Trib's ass. Cheap and a big money maker...obviously.
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