Jason Fry


Boston explosions a reminder of how breaking news reporting is changing

Terrible events such as yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon have always meant “all hands on deck” for news organizations, with staffers pulled off their regular beats to contribute.

But the endpoint of the newsgathering and reporting is no longer … Read more

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How ESPN published “Chink in the Armor” Jeremy Lin headline & what’s happened since

The rise of Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks’ Asian-American star, has been one of 2012’s feel-good sports stories. But it’s come with an unwelcome undercurrent: racial references by fans, columnists and TV personalities that have ranged from innocent-but-cringe-worthy to … Read more

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Rules of the game change as sports journalists compete against teams they cover

In September of 2009, when I started writing a weekly column about digital sportswriting for Indiana University’s National Sports Journalism Center, I figured one of my major themes would be the fraught relationship between the mainstream media (inevitably shortened … Read more

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Some say that Starbucks sold in Barnes & Noble or Target is not the same as the coffee in its own standalone stores. Is that true of mega media brands who relocate? Is the Washington Post/Howie Kurtz combo more influential than the Daily Beast/Newsweek/Howie Kurtz combo?

4 questions to determine the value of your brand, plus how to keep your biggest stars happy

The age of the individual brand was inevitable, a natural consequence of the way digital media has remade our reading habits. In print, columns have a home on a section front or on the opinion page, but online the basic … Read more

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AP, CNN Trade Shots Over AP’s 15-Minute Edge in Reporting Steinbrenner Death

Early Tuesday morning, legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was taken to the hospital in Tampa, Fla. At 9:44 a.m. EDT, the Associated Press sent out a news alert that Steinbrenner had died — a report that was cited … Read more

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Will You Be Ready When ESPN Local Comes to Town?

Last April, ESPN Chicago debuted with a roster of writers drawn from the ranks of ESPN staffers as well as former Tribune and Sun-Times writers and bloggers, with their efforts supplemented by video tailored for Chicago and audio from ESPN’s … Read more

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Advice for Sports Sections: Lay Off Travel, Game Stories

Amid the wrenching changes remaking the news industry, we find the sports department in a strange place, at once impressively ahead of the game and stubbornly lagging behind.

There has never been a more lavish spread set out before the … Read more

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Fry: It’s Still Journalism That’ll Save Us, But…

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Nearly nine years ago, I came to Poynter to talk about how the Web was changing journalism –- and how it wasn’t. I said that this era’s new technologies and news sources posed challenges, but maintained that we could meet … Read more

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