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    Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    I asked my daughter (Uva student) today if she got my text picture of the scoreboard of the Uva game and she had. She said it was like earlier in the year when Unc beat Uva in football her friend who attends Unc had sent her a copy of every article she found about the win. I told my daughter that I could have sent her more however the Espn recap was the exact article that was in the Washington Post, and the Des Moines Register.
    It occured to me, where are the next generation of upper tier sports writers? If the Big Peach still existed who would fill its pages with stories of sports exploits? As our better reporters retire, pass, or move to digital media there seems to be no one to fill their shoes, to inspire a generation with an article about the
    Four Horsemen. Is there a sportswriter that Cyclone Nation would nominate as worthy of national readership?
    Chris Williams excluded?



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyhops View Post
    I asked my daughter (Uva student) today if she got my text picture of the scoreboard of the Uva game and she had. She said it was like earlier in the year when Unc beat Uva in football her friend who attends Unc had sent her a copy of every article she found about the win. I told my daughter that I could have sent her more however the Espn recap was the exact article that was in the Washington Post, and the Des Moines Register.
    It occured to me, where are the next generation of upper tier sports writers? If the Big Peach still existed who would fill its pages with stories of sports exploits? As our better reporters retire, pass, or move to digital media there seems to be no one to fill their shoes, to inspire a generation with an article about the
    Four Horsemen. Is there a sportswriter that Cyclone Nation would nominate as worthy of national readership?
    Chris Williams excluded?
    Nope.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Um, have you paid attention to what has happened to newspapers? They've been declining badly. Cutting costs = less sportswriters. Places like this site, Rivals, and ESPN have taken over sports coverage which has traditionally been done by newspapers. There is still demand for good sports writing so it will continue to exist, just not in newspapers.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Newspapers are an out of date way to get yesterdays news, especially when you can get on the internet and get news instantly.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    The problem is that there is a decreasing number of journalist in print media because of the emergence of the Internet as a media outlet. This means that people are getting their news for free rather than paying for a newspaper subscription. Newspapers are having a harder time to generate revenue because they aren't getting the subscription or the advertisement because the advertisers don't want to pay for ad space if nobody is reading the paper. It is also probably easier and cheaper to use the Associated Press to write the articles than send somebody to the event to cover it.

    Also, there hardly any sports journalism jobs because the older generation has a hold on them. When I interned at KCRG over the summer I told the news director that I wanted to go into sports reporting or sports broadcasting. He went to say that in the sports reporting industry most of the younger generation is waiting for someone to either retire or die. Not too mention that these jobs don't pay.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Looks the Register hired a freelance reporter to cover the game. So you were incorrect. What was your point again?



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    Looks the Register hired a freelance reporter to cover the game. So you were incorrect. What was your point again?
    I stand corrected, the Register story is original. I do know that as I read accounts of the game on my phone from several different sites they were all the same. And while I do enjoy getting minutes old news from the internet there is nothing more relaxing on a Sunday morning than a cup of coffee and the newspaper. It is less enjoyable as eloquent writers disappear. Perhaps you would notice if you were not too busy tweeting and checking the status of the girl that dumped you in high school on facebook!



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Newspapers are definitely going by the wayside. That's disappointing to me, because that's what I felt like I wanted to get into. But the "paper" is still, and will be, available online. Still haven't made up my mind as to which direction I want to take with the journalism degree I'm working towards, but eventually I'll figure it out. I'm liking the sound of radio, though.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrossCyed View Post
    Nope.
    Blum of he writing for a newspaper. The market for recycled paper has dried up as fewer people take the hard copy and advertisers go online.


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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Unfortunately sports writing seems to be a stepping stone toward a TV or radio carreer. A decade ago the best sports writer in Phoenix was Pedro Gomez. The next I know he quits to follow Barry Bonds around for ESPN. I real waste of talent, but I'm sure it was more lucrative for Pedro.


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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyhops View Post
    Perhaps you would notice if you were not too busy tweeting and checking the status of the girl that dumped you in high school on facebook!
    WTF are you talking about?


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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    WTF are you talking about?
    I get the idea he is either making a general statement, or confusing you for Clones21.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Quote Originally Posted by Senolcyc View Post
    WTF are you talking about?
    Short version: GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU GOSHDARNED KIDS!

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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    Chris Williams is the only Sports Writer I read.



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    Re: Where have all the sportswriters gone?

    The public wants the most information for the cheapest price. News or real reporting is becoming less and less a part of the equation. That is why blog's, message boards and instant message media have taken off.

    Most of the public would rather have a quick game summary than an in depth Commentary of the game. A lot of times that in depth commentary won't even be read if it is perceived to have come out too late. The public questions the writer, demands credentials and consistently wants the author to justify their takes. This becomes very stressful on a good writer because they aren't compensated properly.

    Lastly the true sports fan that has a writing background, does not want their love of sports to be sucked dry by an ignorant audience. Very tough to be a fan if you are covering an event in a professional manner.

    In the end because the public is not willing to pay for good reporting. They want free and cheap and in turn get a cheap product.


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