Journalism thoughts

Ethical quandary: Why do we make sports predictions and what are they supposed to prove anyway?

SB50 predictionPrediction accountability is important. I’m borrowing a phrase here from Eric Single, my coworker at SI. For him it’s sort of like a catchphrase, as a quick Twitter search shows. Although I think he’s half-kidding.

Predictions are a staple in sports media. They’re in newspapers, magazines, websites, pre-game shows, podcasts and everywhere else. Whether you’re a reporter, analyst, writer, commentator, studio host or fan on Twitter, you make predictions. Read the whole post

My week as the Red Hot Reporter

I’m back from London.

As I wrote in September, I won a contest sponsored by Virgin Atlantic to become their Red Hot Reporter during the NFL International Series game in London. After a week covering the Dolphins, Raiders and general fanfare, I figured I should write about the whole experience and compile all my work in one spot.

Then I got home, caught up on sleep, had a busy week and finally got around to it. Read the whole post

My first GIF

I am trying to be a sports journalist.  What I continue to learn, for better or worse, is that that isn’t enough. In the digital age, you can’t just be a reporter, you must also be a content creator.

I’ve seen job descriptions for what seem like basic reporting jobs, which mention skills like Photoshop are considered a plus. Read the whole post

Thoughts on bothering prominent people with silly questions

As I’ve gotten more serious about my journalism career, I’ve grown increasingly interested not just in good stories, but in the backstories about how they come together. For example, I enjoyed Richard Deitsch’s podcast with Lee Jenkins about Jenkins scooping the LeBron homecoming, which surprisingly only about 2,500 other people listened to.

I’m not comparing myself to Jenkins, but I have this new blog and I think in some cases it’ll be fun to offer similar looks at how my articles come together. Read the whole post