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The Decline of Modern Journalism

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You can find good news if you look around. For mainstream news there are tons of good outlets. Sports is harder but social media such as twitter is a good way to get raw facts.

 

ESPN is a joke. They are spending a huge portion of their show today on the bradley cooper racial slur. It's bad but people are acting like he murdered someone with a pickaxe. Racial slurs get ratings so they are milking it.

 

Thank goodness I know how Deion Sanders feels about the issue.

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Been meaning to click over to NBCSports channel. Surely no better but who knows.

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here is a fine example of what not to do....

 

 

 

 

 

One of the few sites that I have a great respect for. Throw in Grantland as well and Pro Football Focus. Pretty much all of the one-off super popular websites are much better than their more popular counterparts.

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I think a lot of the problems with sports journalism are the result of increased interest.  There are multiple channels dedicated to sports 24/7, there are blogs, talk radio and other things that wouldnt exist today if it wasnt for all the interest in sports.

 

The problem is that there arent actually more sports going on, so they end up making up stories just to have something to talk about.  What is ESPN supposed to cover in the middle of July, more baseball? (kill me now).  And if you try to do more in depth coverage of training camps and other stuff, you risk people tuning out (are you going to sit through a 15 minute segment about the Bengals training camp battles?).  So what they end up doing is talking about the same big stories over and over, or making up stories involving big names (this is why the vast majority of the panthers coverage in the national media revolves around Cam)

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I think a lot of the problems with sports journalism are the result of increased interest.  There are multiple channels dedicated to sports 24/7, there are blogs, talk radio and other things that wouldnt exist today if it wasnt for all the interest in sports.

 

The problem is that there arent actually more sports going on, so they end up making up stories just to have something to talk about.  What is ESPN supposed to cover in the middle of July, more baseball? (kill me now).  And if you try to do more in depth coverage of training camps and other stuff, you risk people tuning out (are you going to sit through a 15 minute segment about the Bengals training camp battles?).  So what they end up doing is talking about the same big stories over and over, or making up stories involving big names (this is why the vast majority of the panthers coverage in the national media revolves around Cam)

 

 

More interest? . . because there are more channels. Hmm, is there more interest in zombie movies? . . . Cause there are shitload of those and I see a lot of them failing. Do they garner interest? Yes, of course, there's market for it. Is there more interest because there are more tv shows and movies about them? Nah my friend, youre jumping to conclusions without jack for facts.

 

There are A LOT of stories that they could be talking about. . TD's for one who was completely ignored last season. Where was all the over flowing talk about that? No man, the problem is that theyre flooding news streams with whatever sells the best, plain and simple. Manning and AP were higher "paying" stories.

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More interest? . . because there are more channels. Hmm, is there more interest in zombie movies? . . . Cause there are shitload of those and I see a lot of them failing. Do they garner interest? Yes, of course, there's market for it. Is there more interest because there are more tv shows and movies about them? Nah my friend, youre jumping to conclusions without jack for facts.

 

There are A LOT of stories that they could be talking about. . TD's for one who was completely ignored last season. Where was all the over flowing talk about that? No man, the problem is that theyre flooding news streams with whatever sells the best, plain and simple. Manning and AP were higher "paying" stories.

 

Yes, why would I ever think interest in the NFL has grown.  Its not like the value of NFL franchises have more than tripled since 1998

 

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http://www.businessinsider.com/chart-of-the-day-value-of-nfl-franchises-under-current-cba-2011-3

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Deregulation and consolidation of the media, along with the advent of the internet, has rendered journalism a shell of its former self in this country.

 

If the Panthers want to generate more local and national press for the team, they are going to have to hand those stories to the media on a silver platter.

 

The resources no longer exist for meaningful investigative journalism like there once was.

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One of my biggest pet peeves is reporters that don't report. Give us the facts, not your opinion. Joe Person writes a story and all the major media outlets run with it. Steve Reed hears the same comments in person and thinks nothing of it.

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You turn on ESPN and the news anchor is using catch phrases like "don't taze me bro". They aren't trying to inform you, they are trying to entertain you. Even the history channel has gone to poo.

 

But in the end we only have ourselves to blame. ESPN spends big on market research. They know what we read and what we watch. They know what we comment about the most on Facebook. Racism, politics, religion, New York, Boston, LA, and Chicago. These are the things that hook the most viewers. ESPN doesn't care about any of the social issues but their market research shows that they can get the most web hits and free pub from other news outlets by hammering these subjects into the ground.

 

This really gets into a bigger problem for the world we live in. We inconvenience each other and ruin our culture for a .5% increase in revenue. I could ramble on for years but I will leave you with one example: sports venues. I miss the days when our local ballpark or football stadium was named after the veterans or something with local flavor. Now everything is "Lincoln Financial Stadium at Mountain Dew.com Field". We've all become sellouts to the dollar.

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