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Where we're headed ...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Doc Holliday, May 2, 2016.

  1. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Well-Known Member

    I was looking at a couple of articles today on Delino DeShields and noticed some really sad facts.

    First, this article here is full of spelling and grammatical errors:

    Upon further review, Delino DeShields was picked off by Astros' Chris Devenski

    Second, this article is written by a kid in high school similar to another high school kid that writes for True Blue (Dodgers website).

    Where Will Delino DeShields Go When Choo Is Back?

    So, my question is, is this the basic kind of shit we can expect from sports journalists the next 20-30 years? Unbelievable what a joke this shit is.
    JR119 likes this.
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The other half of that question, who's going to fix it? I'm finding spelling errors more and more often in major outlets' stories; never mind the throw-sh*t-at-the-wall websites.
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  3. JR119

    JR119 Member

    I wouldn't even call them journalists. I can't. Unfortunately, it's what a majority of this business has become.
    Most bosses don't care about errors. They want clicks. The faster the story is posted, the better.
    At my past shop, I cleaned up such errors for a majority of my shift, but the higher-ups didn't see that as a plus for our overall goal.
    When I look at content now, I mostly see an over-emphasized headline, one or two graphs about the subject but with holes (no day, no site, no stats or wrong stats, etc. ...) and then links to other websites that also didn't thoroughly research.
    It's a joke and a sad, sad statement of where we are today.
    Even though I'm recently unemployed, I'm glad I don't work at such a place.
    - 30 -
  4. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    Many of these bosses appear to be clueless about the benefits of Ad Blocker.
    If I don't want to see your shitty ad on my screen (and I don't), then you'll be getting a few pennies fewer of Goodle AdSense revenue than you arrogantly expect.
  5. Bronco77

    Bronco77 Well-Known Member

    For more perspective on where we're headed in the newspaper world, check out the first post on the "Editers? Who need 'em?" thread.

    May not be long before newspaper sports sections and websites sink to the level of the fanboy content Doc linked to. It's already happening in the paper I read on a regular basis, which has de-emphasized copy editing.
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  6. CAsportshack

    CAsportshack Member

    Gotta make the heads SEO friendly, JR. Need the stories on page 1 of the Google searches. Sarcasm is the intent from my words.
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  7. I Should Coco

    I Should Coco Well-Known Member

    Brief sidetrack: Is it true there are some websites that won't let you look if you're using AdBlocker? I'm told CNN and others make you shut down AdBlocker to view their content.

    I know, as a journalist, I should be anti-AdBlocker, but the annoying ways they're jamming ads into every nook and cranny of online editorial content is ramping up the intrusiveness to crazy levels.
  8. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    I use Adblock plus and have CNN set as my home page; haven't noticed a problem reading. I have the opposite problem with the damn news videos, which I don't want to watch. I turned off the plugins so they don't start automatically.
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  9. dirtybird

    dirtybird Well-Known Member

    Since the first guy works for a newspaper, probably
  10. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    I looked at today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel while waiting in a doctor's office waiting room. The entire paper has seven ads, none of them big at all. The business is doomed.
  11. Machine Head

    Machine Head Well-Known Member

    Forbes is one.
  12. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    Yes this is where we are headed. Very very embarrassing that high schoolers will be covering games for national newspapers and Websites. See, newspapers do not want to pay ANYBODY for writing. The higher ups have always devalued WRITING and EDITING and it's getting to the point unpaid interns will be writing the stories. Hopefully the MLB and college teams will refuse to allow unqualified fan reporters access. This is beyond belief.
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