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Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Joe Williams, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Not only does this look like a great way to boost readership, but it also will provide an opportunity for a "citizen journalist" to be trained for a night by the sort of professional the amateurs soon will be replacing in newsrooms across the land.

    Sacramento Bee runs a contest where the winner gets to shadow its NBA Kings writer for a night.

    Great idea, we're all just show ponies and amusement park rides. No real work to get done. It's all about sitting courtside, going behind the scenes, talking to the players and coaches and attending the post-game press conference.


    Enter for your chance to sit courtside with Sam on March 13th and watch the Sacramento Kings take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. See what it's like to go behind the scenes, talk to players, coaches, and attend the post-game press conference.
  2. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    To get a real feel of what its like, I hope the winner gets treated to an "inspiring" talk by the editor or publisher about doing more with less, has to take the bus to Arco Arena, and will receive countless calls and e-mails after the "experience" from people letting him or her know they are not held in high esteem.
  3. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Deseret Morning News has been doing it for years: http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-7131934.html
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Make sure the "winner" pays for parking and food, too. Go to the morning shootaround. Locker room before the game. Have them write during the game. File their story at the same time as deadline is. Yes, that includes a running story at the buzzer for the Web, then a write-through an hour later. Get the whole experience.
  5. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Dammit, MileHigh, I was poised to write something really pithy here, and you took the wind out of my sails by agreeing with 'em.
  6. the winner also gets to work two weeks without getting paid!
  7. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    They also have to drink themselves to sleep while filling out unemployment paper work ahead of time.
  8. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Marketing department needs an editor too.

  9. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    All I wanted between the ages of 14 and 26 was to have a regular pro beat.

    In eight posts, you all have succeeded in equating it with cleaning toilets for a living.

    Thank you so much.

    EDIT: No, cleaning toilets sounds better. God, it must be terrible to cover a pro team.
  10. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    TV station in my city did this not too long ago, except it was a contest for elementary school children. Some 10-year-old girl won ... and, of course, since TV people get to go into the locker room after the game, she did, too ... and got a nice eyeful of naked man penis.

    Just great.
  11. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Well-Known Member

    Is there any other kind?
  12. Some Guy

    Some Guy Active Member

    Ask the East German swim team ...
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