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Good or bad idea?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by blank8ball, May 28, 2010.

  1. blank8ball

    blank8ball New Member

    Some sports writers for a newspaper in Kearney have an interesting competition going. They compete against one another in sports and then post a video of their competition on the web.

    Looks like they're having pretty good success with it, too.

    Are web shows like this worth a journalists time and are they worth a newspaper's expense?

    Here's a link to one of the shows (I believe they've done 5 so far). I find them rather funny especially them running the 100-yard dash in this one.

  2. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    I'm 5-8, 220 and 46 years old. The SE in the neighboring town is about 6-2 and about 23 years old.

    Not. a. good. idea.

    Maybe in sambo, but other than that, forgettaboutit.
  3. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    Hell, they got a sponsor. Why not?

    I was planning on doing a 500-meter swim against the defending state champion at one of our local high schools when I was covering preps. I ended up leaving the beat before I could do it.

    In hindsight, it would've gotten ugly. She would've finished in 5 minutes and I would've been dead after about 50 yards. It might have been a funny story if done right but I would've been careful and made sure to make the story more about her instead of me.

    This stuff works a lot better in small towns, I imagine, where everyone knows you.
  4. TrooperBari

    TrooperBari Active Member

    1) Kearney isn't that small.

    2) I'd rather have seen Buck Mahoney's athletic skills.

    3) The Hastings Tribune did it first. Just sayin'.
  5. copperpot

    copperpot Well-Known Member

    We had a guy who was a pretty avid tennis player take on the reigning state champ, and it worked. Like you said, the column was chiefly about the kid, not the writer, and, IMO, gave an even better picture of just how dominant he was.
  6. reformedhack

    reformedhack Active Member

    The sports staff is competing against other members of the same newspaper's sports staff? Pointless, except maybe to drive some cheap Web traffic from the initially curious lookie-loos.

    I'd like the idea better if they (A) play it for laughs while (B) making it somehow informative, a la Mythbusters. ("John from the copy desk here is 25 times slower in the 100 meters than Carl Lewis and 50 times slower than this 1974 MG Midget.")

    It would be even better if the sports staffers were doing this as an ongoing series, competing against local athletes in a variety of sports ... again playing it light and showcasing the abilities of the athletes. Doing it this way would enable the newspaper to market the sports department's personalities as well, and maybe build more rapport with readers while demonstrating that they're in touch with the community.

    But if they're just competing against each other, who cares? Maybe they could post the results of the weekly office football pool online as well.
  7. CR19

    CR19 Member

    Agreed. I'd watch a writer face off against a state champion in their sport. I'm not really interested in watching sports writers play each other in games like softball or track. I think it's a waste of time and money in it's current format. But that's just me.
  8. I found this very entertaining.
  9. schiezainc

    schiezainc Well-Known Member

    This is retarded.

    Like you guys said, it'd be interesting to see them line up against high school kids who are dominant. Hell, I'd even pay attention if this was like a state-wide competition of reporters from Paper A vs. reporters from Papers B, C and D.

    But the way this is, it's no different than me playing my coworker at Mario Kart. Who gives a piss?
  10. H-Dale08

    H-Dale08 Member

    I've seen reporters go up against high schoolers. It's funny because they usually lose.

    Seems like a second-cousin to the classic "I'm going to pick this week's football games against the coach at the local high school" feature.
  11. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Agree with those who say it's much more interesting to go against/profile top high school athletes. And keep the majority of the focus on them.

    BTW, is the thread starter one of the two athletes?
  12. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I'm suddenly reminded of the time one of the local TV stations included highlights of their flag football game against a rival station in one day's sports package. Yes, a cheap stunt ... unfortunately, that's what we're reduced to.
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