Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Attention Sports Journalist-Bloggers!

In the process of trying to do a research project I need information from sports reporters/anchors at local television and radio stations who are also blogging. I'd like you to fill out a short survey related to your blogging experience. If you qualify, I can pass along the address for the online survey.

We've found some interesting things so far. Blogging doesn't appear to be changing journalist work roles very much, which may be related to attitudes about management and the age/experience of the respondents. But again, we need more response. Starting next week we'll be making phone calls to pester people, so this is your last chance!


Blogger JG said...

I would be glad to help with the survey. I have a sports blog at onsportz.blogspot.com that focuses on sports journalism but also adds commentary.

BTW, you have a great site here.

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Blogger punch back said...

Deadspin.com's own Will Leitch proudly proclaims sports journalism "no fun" and "very depressing."

So we think you'll have a great time at mediabistro.com's panel on breaking into sports journalism panel with him and other, um, sports journalists from ESPN, The Wallstreet Journal, and more.

Read what Will has to say here or here:

Let us know if you want to come. Or do us a favor and mention it so your readers can come. (But they have to pay.)

Get in the Game: Breaking into Sports Journalism
a mediabistro.com panel discussion about covering sports for tv, newspaper, magazines, and blogs
Tuesday, April 24, 7-9 pm
$20 ($15 for members); $5 more at the door
Small Press Center, 20 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

Sports writing is a genre that can easily move from rote reporting to epic
narrative. By homing in on a compelling human interest story or larger
cultural or political issues, you can go from being the schmuck an editor
sends to round up scores and stats to becoming a star reporter. But how do
you even get a start as the schmuck sent to the game?

Hang on. With the rise of fan sites, blogs, and podcasts, is it even
necessary to work your way up through established channels? Can't you just
write your own ticket? And if you are already working in another area of the
media, how do you establish your sports cred and get in the game?

Our panelists will tackle these and other questions in a free-wheeling
discussion: Is it easier to get your foot in the door through newspapers,
magazines, TV, or the web? Does a blog work as well as clips to showcase
your writing skills? Do you need a J-school degree to be a sports
journalist? Do anchormen wear pants?

Speakers include:

-- Will Leitch, editor of Deadspin.com and author of two books, Life As A
Loser and Catch, with two more on the way. He has written for The New York
Times, Slate, Playboy, and various other publications.

-- Robbyn Footlick, multimedia producer for ESPN and former coordinating
producer for ESPN's SportsCenter.

-- Steve Friedman, whose essays have been selected for inclusion in The Best
American Sports Writing six times. He is a writer-at-large for the Rodale
Sports Group of magazines and his work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, Outside,
National Geographic Adventure, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and
Ski. His third book, The Agony of Victory, will be published in November.

-- Sam Walker, senior special writer and sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Fantasyland: A Season on Baseball's Lunatic Fringe, now out in paperback.

-- Alison Overholt, moderator, is a general editor at ESPN The Magazine, where she manages lifestyle and sports business coverage. She also edits Dan Patrick's Outtakes column. Before joining ESPN, Alison spent four years as a staff writer and associate editor at Fast Company, where she is a
contributing writer.

-- and more tba.

For more information, contact:
Amanda Barrett
Associate Director of Education
494 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
p: 212.929.2588 x306
f: 212.966.8984


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