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?