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What Lee Jenkins' LeBron scoop says about our industry

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by GBNF, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    Really interested in thoughts about how the LeBron James Sorta-Decision-Part-2 news broke, via Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins.
    Now, Lee is a friend, so I'm a bit biased about this, but how eye-opening and refreshing it was to see it go down this way. The part about this that impresses and intrigues me is that Lee didn't even Tweet the news immediately when he had it, instead waiting for it to post on SI.com.
    All of the #SOURCES coming out of the national NBA writers for so long, even the reputable ones, boiled down to so little, and here comes Lee, who didn't Tweet once about LeBron - or, for that matter, any other player - during free agency, with the scoop of the year.
    Of course, Chris "Confirns" Broussard has 37 times the Twitter followers than Jenkins, so maybe Lee is "doing Twitter wrong," but doing the job right?
  2. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    This was definitely a "chills up my leg," shameful moment for 99.9 percent of the media. Included in that is probably everyone except Jenkins, Sheridan and Woj.
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I'll be interested in Lee's story about how he got he scoop. When did he know, who approached who, and how SI managed to fight the temptation to report it.
  4. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Here! Here! Well-stated, GBNF.
  5. Meatie Pie

    Meatie Pie Member

    The story and the reaction to it say a lot about the Journalism industry, and that goes far beyond SI vs. ESPN, and all of us enjoying Chris Broussard falling flat on his face.
  6. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    That was a lot of editing.;D
  7. Meatie Pie

    Meatie Pie Member

    Sometimes it's just better to let the cheerleading continue as opposed to expressing actual ideas.
  8. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    You were absolutely correct in your original post regarding who actually had the scoop.
  9. Drip

    Drip Active Member

    It was a small victory in a losing war.
  10. TGO157

    TGO157 Active Member

    I think it was refreshing to see it done in essay form. Not many writers would've thought up the Miami-college parallel, but there isn't a better description of LeBron's time in Miami and the difference in maturity from 2010 to now. Kind of speaks to the idea that there isn't anyone better to explain a life decision than the person making it.
  11. Meatie Pie

    Meatie Pie Member

    Sheridan deserves credit. His independent site had this, and never wavered.

    But if Twitter is any indicator, some will bend over backwards to give Jenkins the recognition, often because . . .

    And also, to be fair, because some may have missed the Sheridan scoop because there was so much noise about this story.
  12. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    Maybe Jenkins was Sheridan's source.
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