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from Adam Hockberg of Poynter Online,
“There’s a fear of the unknown,” said Franklin, the Indiana University professor. “There’s deep concern with bloggers that there’s less accountability or no accountability.”
Still, Franklin is among many observers who believe NHL teams would be wise to accommodate bloggers, even if that entails some risk or occasionally makes a player or team official uncomfortable.
“The NHL doesn’t get the same kind of mainstream coverage that the NFL does, and in most big cities, not the same level of coverage that the baseball or NBA teams get,” Franklin said. “So in some ways, bloggers in hockey are even more important to a team’s fan base than they would be in another sport.”
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
The Vancouver Canucks, who are hosting a six-team prospects tournament in this city on Lake Okanagan, say they will grant equal credentials to approved bloggers. But there will be a strict code of conduct that they must follow. Should bloggers - a contrarian, independent lot - breach those conditions, the Canucks say they will pull credentials and deny access. In short, bloggers will be held to the standards of MSM when it comes to libel, slander, seeking autographs etc.
That might be a problem as “blogger” has come to be synonymous for bending the rules on sourcing or taking liberties with research. Others complain that bloggers hiding behind anonymity don’t reveal their conflicts or connections to either management or players. Things that would never pass muster with an editor go viral on the internet.
Some feel that the threat of pulling credentials should suffice in keeping bloggers in line. Others, who note the lack of sourced material and accountability in many blogs, feel that more needs to be done. After all, if you sue a blogger for slander and win, what can you get? The person’s computer? The lack of risk and absence of assets as compensation makes pursuing a blogger moot. Hit-and-run has been the tactic of many blogs floating on the edge of respectability.
This is not a story.
Alas, I’ve been forced to write something on the matter because there’s no shortage of lunacy out there right now.
What’s been made of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis’ recent Twit-roversy is shameful.
How far it’s gone is embarrassing.
And, really, it’s much ado about nothing but, in an effort to talk some sense into the masses, here goes nothing:
from The Universal Cynic,
Bloggers should be allowed in the press box if they dress without affiliation (i.e. no team gear), do not cheer, and are barred from asking players questions in the dressing room. (If you get the impression that I’m not hot on the idea, you’d be right.) The question still remains—why the hell do all of you want access, anyway? For years, many bloggers insisted that being being allowed behind closed doors wasn’t necessary. Everyone was content to play Bill Simmons. What changed?
more and other topis too…
Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email,
Hey Adam, what do you think of media coverage of the NHL? I know the news business is in a terrible spot these days and many of the biggies have scaled back. Has the blogosphere sufficiently started covering the game or are we running the risk of too many empty, poorly reported rumors?
This is a hot topic, isn’t it? For the most part, I think Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes said all that needed to be said about bloggers vs. mainstream media in a terrific column this week. There’s a lot of crap stinking up the web landscape, but there are many great writers who have come to the fore thanks to the opportunities the blogosphere opened up.
To that, I’d add just one thing: while I know it’s nice and in keeping with etiquette to reference the original source of any report, the fact of the matter is that this is a cut-throat, competitive business we’re in. As such, there have been many times THN has been first to report a story, only to have the story referenced later as a “published report” that didn’t acknowledge our brand.
That’s not ideal, but that never became an issue worth drawing much attention to. And I think the same attitude should be adopted by reputable bloggers.
continued and more Q& A too…
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
There is place for both the traditional and new media to co-exist in the sports world in 2010. In fact, it’s ridiculous that we are still having this debate. But the problem is, both sides are far too suspicious of the other for us to close the gap between the two sides.
So in the interest of building a bridge between the bloggers and the mainstream media, I’ve put together a list of several rules for each side to remember.
If not, check out my NHL.com blog today. Even if you are ready, you may have missed a few things.
Help me welcome Samantha to the KK blogging world. She has great insight on our game and I have always enjoyed her past blogs.
Her KK blog, like all the other new bloggers, will be up and running sometime in September and yes, there are more bloggers coming.
Hello from Portland, Oregon, where I live and will be blogging for Kukla’s Korner. I’ve been blogging about hockey for about a year now, and I’m very honored and excited to be joining the KK community. If you’ve already visited 87in107, then you know how I ended up here. Sometimes I wonder myself. I grew up in Arizona (pre-Coyotes), and my hometown had exactly one ice rink. But that didn’t stop me from discovering hockey. Of course, it was on television and far away in Lake Placid in 1980. Despite my humble beginnings in a desert, I still thought I knew and understood the sport. Until the 2009 playoff season, when I was watching Malkin’s no-look, back-handed shot into the Carolina net, and I realized that I didn’t even know what a hat trick was. And I certainly didn’t know the rules. So I learned them: all 87 in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, the 30th anniversary of the day I discovered hockey. Since then, I’ve learned the entire IIHF Rulebook and I’m moving on to the collective bargaining agreement and anything else that strikes my fancy.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
Bloggers tell more stories. Bloggers reach every nook and cranny of fan interest. Bloggers are passionate and talented. They care about your franchise.
As long as they abide by published and official guidelines I will always support the blogosphere as well as the mainstream media.
As an aside, if there are 150 million plus bloggers today, ISN’T IT TIME WE RECOGNIZE THEM as MAINSTREAM MEDIA?! Can’t get more mainstream than 150 million people.
Bloggers covering sports teams is like oxygen - get used to it!
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Credentialed bloggers usually enjoy the same access as a newspaper or radio reporter on a game night: a seat in the press box, fresh popcorn and access to the teams’ dressing rooms for postgame interviews. They cover the game, pass information to their audience, and have done so for the last several years without many incidents of unprofessional behavior, despite approaching the coverage from a fan’s perspective.
Yet several prominent NHL franchises, including the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, have strict “no blogger” policies in their arenas. They don’t see them as working journalists, and they certainly don’t see a need for them to have access to cramped locker rooms after the game.
On Monday, these teams emphatically voiced those concerns during an annual preseason conference call between NHL executives and team media-relations directors. Their issue: If my team doesn’t credential bloggers in its home arena, why should bloggers haves access to my team’s locker room on the road?
In essence, these teams wish to see bloggers become a second-class citizenry in the press box: Given a ‘B-grade’ credential that allows them on press row and in the home-team dressing room, but prohibits them from interacting with players from the visiting team if that team has a policy against alt-media access.
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