By: Glenn Brown
A question that we as sports fans and sport journalists ask ourselves all the time is, “What is going to happen next in the world of sports journalism”? Writers pride themselves on developing great stories and articles that reflect on games, athletes, and many sports events. A couple of years ago, sportswriters and sports reporters used to be viewed as insiders, or the fans eyes into the sports world. There was no way people knew how to share information with the world about sports; other than the people whose actual job was to cover sports. As a fan of many sports, I would study and read countless articles and reports pertaining to my favorite teams and players. It was really easy to do this 10 years ago, but I believe social media has ruined a lot for the world of sports journalism. We have attacked this subject countless time throughout the year and mostly this semester. I have talked to numerous people about what they believe what is going to happen to the business of sports journalism. Will it become extinct in 5-10 years? Are the articles being written pure or just for show? These are the questions that I continue to have and look at every time I see an iconic sports journalist die who brought great authenticity to the world of sports journalism. Is the writing dying with the each of these figures, or are we as the new generation forgetting our roots and what it means to actually write something for the soul and not profit? One of my writing professors gave me a great take on why journalism as a whole is declining. “Everything and everyone around us has something to say in today’s society, but not a lot of people are saying the right thing”. “There are too many journalists trying to take the world by storm, and these are the same people whom are doing the opposite by forgetting the history of journalism as a whole. These words were very similar to one of my co-workers who aspires to be a sports journalist and then an eventual sports broadcaster. “Sometimes I feel sad because of the writing that I read”. He felt as though people in this world are getting away with crappy writing and mechanics. It’s like an all-star pitcher who is consistency winning games, but due to his mechanics it seems as though he may break down sooner than later. The same can be said for today’s society of sports journalism when it pertains to the writers consistently putting out their product (writing articles/reports), but whose time is sure to run out because of improper managing of what they were given.