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Tennessee bans Knoxville reporter

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Jersey_Guy, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. Jinga_Thomson

    Jinga_Thomson Member

    I'm not sure this is the case any more. There definitely are some homer towns in the SEC, but I think that applies to all of college sports.

    I have experienced virtually no problems in SEC press boxes, although I came close during a Tennessee football game a while back. If newspapers that cover the SEC are unfair, then I have yet to see it across the board. I am surprised by Knoxville's response to its reporter's suspension. And I continue to grow tired of the cutesy means of explaining it.

    "...whistled for a false start" is patronizing and downplays what the reporter is likely going through.
  2. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Giving fans what they want is one thing. Kowtowing to the athletic department is another.
  3. Lugnuts

    Lugnuts Well-Known Member

    Ace, If I don't end up working for you, or you don't end up working for me... ;)

    ...Stuff like this really does fire me up to go into First Amendment law as a "next career."

    The sad thing is, by the time I'd get out of law school, I don't know if there would be any media companies left interested in hiring a lawyer who wants to fight for reporters.

    Hell, we can't even get other reporters on this website to fully support their colleagues. [/Williams, F.-Wada reference]
  4. MU_was_not_so_hard

    MU_was_not_so_hard Active Member

    Someone please explain what this reporter did wrong. The way I read it, nearly three weeks after a player may or may not have been injured, he did was the SID department wouldn't -- made something happen and got his own interview.
    Sure, schools overreact, so I'm not so surprised that they tried to suspend his credential. But why is his editor cowering? I don't get it.
    Please, someone, make this make sense to me.
  5. The hell it does.
    All you're doing is announcing that you will do some real journalism about the institution. And you also point out that, if the suspension is lifted, then the real journalism will continue.
    Screw these people. Theyre public employees.
    And Phil Fulmer is still a boob.
  6. dmurph003

    dmurph003 Member

    A lot of times I think stuff like this stems more from the wounded pride of an SID rather than a pissed off head coach.
  7. Jinga_Thomson

    Jinga_Thomson Member

    That's just it. The reporter might have gone outside standard protocol in contacting an athlete, but if it was the writer's last resort after trying for weeks with the SID staff, then he did his job. It's not an SID department's job to determine what we write about.

    However, what the SE is doing is sickening. To throw his reporter under the bus to keep things amiable with the UT folks is wrong. Vols fans no longer can trust the N-S as an unbiased news source, the SID staff has precedent for suspending reporters' credentials in the future, and the reporter now knows that pandering to UT's interests comes before journalism.

    Way to go, News Sentinel.
  8. dmurph003

    dmurph003 Member

    Here's the question: with Tennessee being a public institution, does it have any legal right to forbid a credentialed member of the free press from attending a game on University property?

    Wouldn't this be pretty easy to challenge in court, particularly since UT came right out and said the ban was enacted because of information that was reported?
  9. dmurph003

    dmurph003 Member

    Conversation I had with an AD after a basketball coach was fired.

    ME: Players X, Y, and Z said they asked you not to fire the coach. . .
    AD: What were you doing talking to players? You aren't allowed to do interviews unless they are set up through the university.
    ME: OK. Can I talk to Players X, Y, and Z?
    AD: No.
    ME: As I was saying. . .
  10. Point of Order

    Point of Order Active Member

    Paging Just an SID, Just an SID, what say you?
  11. Mira

    Mira Member

    The SID is an idiot, but a puppet of the coach, no doubt. I can't believe the SE didn't stand up for his reporter. His quote was crap.

    But this is another case of an athletic department wanting to filter what gets to the press. It would be interesting to see how another DI school would handle the same situation. But in my experience, if an athlete has a medical issue, the SID folks act like freaks. But if the athlete spoke to the reporter, that's his choice.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Careful. Credentials have been yanked for less.
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