Blogs Killing the Newspaper Star

Over the last few years, sport writers (in particular baseball beat writers) have had to evolve because of the ever changing times of media. No longer can a beat writer just file their stories for the morning’s paper, or simply post it to their media Web site. Now beat writers are required to write blogs. And I don’t believe that they get paid anymore, so they are doing more work for less money.


I think it’s important to note that from the beginning, I haven’t liked reading any blogs, even if the author is credible. I don’t like the way they are written and they seem to me to be a little unprofessional, meaning they are too informal. Also, there are so many of them and everyone has an opinion. A lot of blogs out there are just blow-hards trying to get their opinion out there…assuming that someone wants to hear them, such as Curt Schilling and Rosie O’Donnell.


San Francisco Giants have three beat writers who travel with the team and are with the team everyday. They are required to write a story almost everyday and sometimes two or three. Even in the first few days of training camp when there is nothing to report, they still write something. I will use Andrew Baggarly for my example. He is a beat writer from the San Jose Mercury News. He not only has to write a story each day, a feature once or twice a week, but he is required to write a blog as well. I feel that most of his blogs topics have already been covered. But media companies want blogs, because blogs are whats hot right now.


So are blogs the future of sports journalism? I hope not. A few years ago, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, allowed bloggers to have press credentials for press conferences and games. He didn’t allow for them to be the locker room after the game, simply because of the lack of room.


The problem I have with bloggers, who don’t work for a reputable media company, is that they are not journalists and more than likely they didn’t go to journalism school. So what makes them credible? How can we trust what they write? And why should they have access to media credentials? If I could get media credentials to write a blog, then why am I wasting my time and money getting a degree?


So what do you all think? Do you like blogging? Do you read very many blogs? Why or why not? Do you feel that paid journalist who work for the media should be required to write a blog, among the other stories they write?


I know that blogs are the future; I’m just an old-fashioned guy who likes good-old news reporting and not loosely written blogs. Maybe someone can bring me around to see the light.

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9 Responses to Blogs Killing the Newspaper Star

  1. drgilpin says:

    What about journalists who didn’t go to journalism school? What makes them credible?

    I’m not arguing that bloggers and mainstream news media are the same, or that the former are better. But especially given dwindling editorial staffs on those papers that still remain afloat, I think it’s becoming harder and harder to distinguish between a good blogger and a traditional journalist without the support of an editor.

  2. maxlawrencehollister says:

    Good point…I guess a career with a credible media organization and a solid portfolio makes one credible. I guess I should of said just college graduates, rather than qualifying just journalism grads. My argument is against bloggers who don’t work as journalists for a living, thinking that they should have media credentials for games, for example. Anyone can be a blogger, but everyone can’t be a journalist. So bloggers are starting to take away from beat writers and columnist so newspapers and Web sites are forced to post blogs. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a hater. I like writing and a blog is a good place to write whatever…but I just don’t expect anyone to read it.

  3. tmpace says:

    I must admit I do not read blogs. I will always prefer a newspaper reporters words on paper over any blog. But I know my preferences are dying out. I know many journalists are turning to blogs, which is great! My only fear is that blogs report feelings and opinions and not always facts. I do not want to read about how the reporter feels about a story, game or action. I want to read about the facts and form my own opinion.

  4. ledleson says:

    Interesting post. Being a sports fan I do not think blogging will be the future of sports journalism. I do feel that blogs are important in finding out additional inside information that might not be accessible from team web sites. I personally watch sports center and check my team’s updates on their web site and will only look further into blogs if a topic is controversial or really interesting.

  5. maxlawrencehollister says:

    If blogs are the future of journalism then great, but there is no way to know if the bloggers are doing their due diligence when composing their stories. Are they doing fact checks and who are their sources? I agree with what you are saying Theresa. Another good way of looking at blogs is that they are all opinions, and you’re right, I like to form my own based on the facts. There is always going to be a need for writer’s opinions. Just ask a sports columnist like Peter Gammons at ESPN. I guess I should have titled the blog, “Bloggers Killing the Columnists Star.”

  6. jsaxarra says:

    I don’t really mind tons and tons of blogs because they’re open to everyone equally. In order to become a ‘successful’ blogger, you have to earn street cred. Someone has to know who you are and why your opinion deserves to be heard over the next. As long as the playing field is equal, I say the more the merrier. It usually only takes a quick glance at someone’s blog to realize that they’re fairly credible or entertaining or just a complete moron. Everyone has an opinion but not everyone knows how to get it across. Blogs, just like all media, will filter themselves out depending on who appeals to the masses.

  7. jejepson says:

    I don’t really mind blogs. I view them as another outlet for someone to voice their opinion. It is when people begin to rely on the blogs for their hard news that I think that a line has been crossed. Although not all journalists have to be professional educated at a journalism school, I do believe that professional journalists carry a larger amount of credibility because they have they support of an entire news organization behind them. Someone who is a blogger may or may not have a boss to answer to, so posting something that is untrue wouldn’t really affect them. While, if a journalist at a news organization was to write a false story, they are not only ruining their credibility, but also that of the organization.

  8. mgjersvi says:

    I am not very into the blog scene, either. I don’t really have anything against bloggers, it’s just not my thing. I think credibility is something that is built over time. Sometimes having a degree helps but eventually you have to prove yourself, regardless of what field your in. That’s what good bloggers, just like good journalists, have to do. Overtime readers begin to trust a blogger or journalist because they have shown themselves to be fair and accurate (or just fun to read). Point being, credibility will always be something that has to be developed whether it’s on A1 or online.

  9. Christine says:

    I read a few blogs and I do think that they play a very important role in this new media age. I still read newspapers and magazines but I think blogs fit a new niche that other media don’t cover, or at least not as well. I think blogs cover very specific subjects with additional information not usually found in newspaper articles. Blogs won’t ever replace traditional reporting but they are definitely here to stay.

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