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With credit to Matt at the Battle of Alberta, we came across a couple of interesting articles published in recent days that I don’t believe we linked on KK, both looking at sports journalism (though not just hockey media). They are:
- “Wake Me Up When You Say Something Interesting” by Bryan Curtis at the New York Times
- “Sports Journalism, Heal Thyself” by Chris Selly of Megapundit at Macleans.ca
Hockey.com is new to the scene this year, but has gained a lot of exposure and very quickly. Marty himself has worked in media relations as well as stints in broadcasting and print journalism. And most recently he has graduated from covering the pro-golf scene for seven years to be full-time immersed in everything hockey.
Rather than analyze the Pens/Wings series (I think we’ve all read enough “expert” predictions to last us a lifetime) I thought I’d ask more about the world of hockey journalism online, and Marty’s own endeavors—everything from covering pro-golf to writing his own hockey book, and the future plans of Hockey.com.
From Barry Melrose Rocks,
But what really bugs me is hypocrisy.
When the MSM preaches about how they’ve gone to J-school and are so much more important because of it, that’s fine. When the MSM calls bloggers no talent hacks that reek of fan bias, that’s fine. There’s one problem with all that, though. You see, when you say those things, boy you had better back them up. Or maybe I’m wrong. Maybe this is just a case of someone in the minority not representing the upstanding majority. Tell me if I wrong because, unlike many newspapers, BMR has a comments section after every article. Oh, excuse me, post. But majority, minority, whatever. If the MSM’s rules are to single out one person and make them a poster child for the whole, then I think I should be allowed to play by those rules as well.
So today, we examine Mr. Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun. Why? Lately, with the hometown Sens facing the Pens in the playoffs, he has sounded more like a Senators fanboy or a crazed message boarder than an actual journalist.
Also: links to the original Brennan story and its fallout can be found at James Mirtle’s blog.
From Josh Brewster at NHL Quick Shots,
It appears to me that Hockeybuzz likes the appearance of legitimacy that noting the writer’s newspaper affiliation lends, and that’s where Hockeybuzz is irresponsible. If it’s entertainment, don’t pass it off as something else (calls to Eklund for comment went unreturned).
Eklund should have some type of process for his blog site, but obviously doesn’t, which is why bloggers are looked at suspiciously by traditional journalists, and rightly so. Much of what’s flying through the blogosphere is garbage.
Call Garner’s piece a “slob comedy,” Eklund. Put a picture of a cartoon character next to a piece like this if this is entertainment. Maybe throw a picture of John Belushi or Jim Carrey (maybe even a monkey?) on the page so that we know this is a goof, because it was presented by Hockeybuzz as something other than entertainment, for sure.
more… on the interesting case of journalist Ryan Garner, and issues of accountability