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The Athletic keeps growing .......

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Fran Curci, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. crimsonace

    crimsonace Well-Known Member

    Even before the era of online comments, our publisher INSISTED on devoting a column of the dead tree edition for anonymous one-paragraph reader comments. Our county seat was a very insulated suburban town full of petty small-town politics and grudges (and a big rift between the old-timers and the newcomers). Needless to say, it turned into a cesspool almost immediately ... so the publisher doubled down by forcing us to create our own version for sports, which turned into an even bigger cesspool (especially given the county seat community's reputation of blowing through basketball coaches every couple of years). We lost quite a few readers over it because they thought it was giving voice to idiots and making their community look awful. Publisher called it "the most important part of the paper" in the middle of the newsroom. I spent the rest of that afternoon updating my resume.
     
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  2. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

     
  3. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    Yep -- that was the period when the executives thought "interacting with readers" was going to save us. We would do polls that attracted, say, 25 responses, and would be told, "That's great. We interacted with 25 readers."
     
  4. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Yes, some very stupid comments were made by suits. If there were only a few comments on stories, it was the writer's fault for not interacting. You were encouraged to join in with your own comments. I will AGAIN praise the non suits on this. Writers tried for a while to obey the suits' commands. But, sickened by the stupidity and sickened by the insults from readers, the authors of stories simply couldn't bring themselves to comment. Finally like most new ideas ... the suits forgot and just let the readers fight among themselves in the comments section. The suits didn't really know what to do about cuss words in the comments. They tried to assign somebody to police the comments. It all was one big mess.
     
  5. Fran Curci

    Fran Curci Well-Known Member

    I remember one of my bosses being excited/envious/upset because the competition's story on a subject we also covered had 30 comments. I pointed out that the 30 comments were by a total of 3 people.
     
  6. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    Well that seems like a fun time.

    I will say The Athletic has a progressive affluent bent to it. There’s only so many latitude you’d be given on a site like that to defend, say, the NCAA. National sportswriters tend to be as far left as just about anyone in journalism.
     
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  7. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    So as of May 2019 what's the verdict. Is the Athletic (please answer all questions of Fredrick) ...
    a.) a must read?
    b.) closing in on irrelevance?
    c.) ready to go the way of The National?
    d.) thriving and one of the best buys ever?
    e.) a major factor in journalism?
    f.) no factor in journalism?
    g.) primed to last 20 more years paying reporters these huge salaries?
    h.) on its last legs?
     
  8. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    i. Mini-Ditka
     
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  9. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    If I cancel my subscription or stop renewing, it will be because of the Athletic's tedious and predictable political bias and not because of its sports coverage.
    Alienating a large segment of your potential customer base -- for gratuitous jollies and self-indulgence, unprofessionally so -- is bad business, and what a dumb shame it will be if that is why the Athletic ultimately fails.
     
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  10. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Just stick to Breitbart and Infowars, man. You'll be much happier.
     
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  11. Azrael

    Azrael Well-Known Member

    The Athletic is a grave danger to the republic.
     
  12. Sports Barf

    Sports Barf Active Member

    Oh for fucks sake another sports site with a political bent? Jesus Christ it’s like a cold sore that won’t go away
     
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