Bloggers in the press box
Eric McErlain has some more good thoughts today on what is always an ongoing topic regarding the sports blogosphere:
So while some reporters are still concerned about bloggers getting into the press box and asking questions after games, bloggers have already established a foothold and are managing to get hired to do work by mainstream media organizations. And while I might have been through the door first with the NHL, I know I won't be the last. ...I had the chance to meet Eric and take in the situation in the Capitals' press box firsthand earlier this year, something I plan on talking about quite a bit more once the playoffs are out of the way.
All I know is this: The best journalists out there understand and appreciate how the media landscape has changed, and they're doing their level best to adjust and better leverage information technology to improve their coverage.
In short, I'm in favour of getting the right people into the press box — whether that be journalists, bloggers or whatever — but I also agree that certain standards should be met. And while the 'speed' of the medium works against some basic things like grammar, spelling and sometimes even fact-checking, bloggers should always strive to get things right.
Credibility will come to those who deserve it, and Eric's a perfect example.
- And make sure you read the thread at SportsJournalists.com that piqued Eric's interest. It gives you a good idea of the 'debate' going on at an awful lot of North American media organizations