Ask Gary: Is reporting a story harder these days?

by Gary Shelton on June 13, 2015 · 5 comments

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Is it easier or harder to be a sports journalist nowadays in the internet/google/twitter age than "back in the day" before these phenomena were around?

Scott Myers

I think it's harder all the time for a legitimate journalist. There is less access. There is less time. There are more folks from more outlets present. It means that the writers get to know the athletes less all the time, and the loser is the reader. Time was, there were the two newspapers and maybe a couple from out-of-town. Now, there are national websites. There are bloggers who are never at One Buc Camp; what insights they have to offer beats me.

There is one guy from a national outlet who doesn't even live in the United States and yet

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Richard Kinning June 14, 2015 at 11:32 am

Just found this site. Been missing Gary in the papers, but now I have a new sports section right here. Glad to hear Gary has not lost any humor in his move to the web!

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Rick Martin June 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

If I were the Bucs (or any team’s director of PR/media relations), I’d make sure that the legitimate area writers and broadcasters get quality time with the athletes and leave the JoeBucsFans of the blogosphere out in the bleachers with the rest of the fans. I’d say our area has a handful of quality writers who work for the Trib/Times as well as yourself and a few TV media folks that deserve the best access. Nowadays it doesn’t take much to put up a website, give it a name, and start writing nonsense or regurgitate what others have written Hate to hear that those folks are taking away time of legitimate reporters/writers.

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Gary Shelton June 13, 2015 at 9:15 am

Actually, the guys from JoeBucsfan are there every day. They work very hard.

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scott myers June 13, 2015 at 7:35 am

Hi Gary,

To answer your question that you directed to me – No I don’t ‘know’ Doug Martin and Lavonte David better than Warrick Dunn and Derrick Brooks, keeping in mind that ‘know’ for me is only what I read and see from afar.

Your answer to this question I found very insightful like ‘inside baseball’ from a sports journalist. Interesting though, you made no mention about whether having easier and quicker access to information makes your job easier.

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Gary Shelton June 13, 2015 at 9:11 am

It really isn’t that quicker.

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