What constitutes a “sports journalist”?

Dave Kindred, a writer whose work I’ve long admired, pens an outstanding piece discussing the role of new media in the field of sports journalism. As discussed earlier today, a press pass doesn’t necessarily make one’s work “journalism.” Ironically, the concern expressed by those in the field as quoted by Kindred is about the “ethics” of the new media. What about the ethics of the old media? I don’t know what they’re reading, but I’m seeing far more ethical violations being committed by traditional print journalists than by bloggers or any electronic sources. Pete Thamel and Pat Forde aren’t “new media.”

Is it the pressure of the burgeoning new media that is causing the print guys to cut ethical corners? Or were they just lazy journalists to begin with and now that their work is being linked and tweeted, it’s there for all to see?


About Chuck Chapman

I'm a professional writer who mainly specializes in sports. I have two NFL sites that are part of the Sports Media 101 network, Bengals 101 and Colts 101. If you've found my on WordPress, then you're either reading about families and relationships on So, We're Not the Huxtables, or you've found my daughter's "Princess Kate Stories." She's an imaginative little girl who just loves to tell stories. She sees her daddy writing every day and wanted her own blog where she can share her vivid imagination. We both hope our readers enjoy our work. We certainly do. Feel free to take the time to introduce yourself, leave a comment, or even subscribe to get regular updates. Thanks for reading.
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