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After a decade at ESPN, J.A. Adande has found his next act

J.A. Adande returned to the Super Bowl last weekend for the first time since 2007. But unlike like his days as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, he wasn’t there to cover the game. Adande was in Houston to help oversee a traveling group of aspiring sports journalists from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern. He was working … Read More
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Chris Berman looks back on nearly four decades (and tons of nicknames) at ESPN

Last fall, I taught a media studies class based on ESPN at the University of Illinois. The class examined ESPN’s considerable impact on all the touchpoints of media: Broadcasting and journalism; advertising and branding; digital and innovation; documentaries and storytelling and impact on pop culture, to name a few. The opening lecture focused on the roots of ESPN, and … Read More
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The best-read story of 2016? Take a bow, Nate Silver

Chartbeat has released its second annual ranking of the best-read digital stories of the year, as measured by engaged time, among 46 million client articles it tracked during 2016. Politics dominated, no surprise. And the top of them all was a 2016 presidential election forecast by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight. In fact, Silver's interactive opus registered more engaged time than … Read More
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A few months in, The Undefeated is defining itself with scoops, original video and stories off the national news

Yes, Friday brought extensive Summer Olympics coverage, notably the ad nauseam, 24/7 mini-soap opera of the dissembling U.S swimmers — a sort of one-off Dick Wolf "Law and Order: SLU (Special Lochte Unit) that was exploiting about every platform overseen by Comcast and NBC. But it also brought an anonymously attributed Associated Press story that the National Basketball Association … Read More
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ESPN’s The Undefeated will launch in 2016

After a series of setbacks that included the ousting of founding editor Jason Whitlock, ESPN's site focusing on the intersection of race and sports is primed for a launch in 2016. That's according to Kevin Merida, the former Washington Post managing editor who left his post late last year to replace Whitlock at the helm of The Undefeated. Read More
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Ed Sherman: The top sports journalism story of the year

To gain perspective on the two biggest stories in sports journalism in 2015, you need to dial up a podcast from two years ago. On Aug. 15, 2013, Jason Whitlock was Bill Simmons’ guest on his “BS Report” podcast for Grantland. Yes, it can be found, and in light of what happened this year, the interview sounds laughable and … Read More
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The problem with the dwindling media access to college athletes

One-on-one interviews with college football players, like West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White, are getting hard to come by. (AP Photo file photo 2014)During my early days as the new national college football writer for the Chicago Tribune, I went to Florida State to do a story on Deion Sanders in 1988. He was the big star for the … Read More
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One journalist's journey from ESPN to shining shoes

Screengrab from the Jeff-Bradley.com post about the sportswriter's out-of-work life. For the bulk of his professional life, Jeff Bradley has spent his summers at a Major League ballpark. He had high-profile beats covering baseball for ESPN The Magazine and the Newark Star-Ledger. But last summer was different. Struggling to make ends meet ever since being let go by the … Read More
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An insider's view: The wall between student activists and student journalists

Tension over who should tell student activists’ stories led to a physical and emotional clash that changed the movement’s story into a new one that no one wanted to tell. Frame grab from video provided by Mark Schierbecker, Melissa Click, an assistant professor in Missouri's communications department, confronts Schierbecker and later calls for "muscle" to help remove him from … Read More
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New ESPN Public Editor Jim Brady will be an advocate for readers

It didn’t take long for Jim Brady to experience some of the fallout that comes with being associated with ESPN. While people in the industry lauded the network naming him as its new public editor Friday, Brady was the target of many negative shots on social media. They included allegations that as a big Jets fan, the Long Island … Read More
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Jim Brady named public editor at ESPN

ESPN's headquarters. (AP Photo) ESPN Jim Brady, the local news guru who founded Philadelphia's Billy Penn, has been appointed ESPN's public editor, the sports network announced Friday. In the public editor's job, which was formerly designated "ombudsman," Brady will sound off on the network's reporting on a variety of platforms, according to the announcement: Brady will offer … Read More
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ESPN's mistake was not killing Grantland earlier

Each Sunday, ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr. and Sports Illustrated's Jacob Feldman send out an email newsletter called “The Sunday Long Read.” With input from readers, they select the week’s best in longform journalism from a broad range of subjects, including sports. Highly recommend you subscribe. The list includes a regular Classic pick, done each week by Politico's … Read More
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ESPN reporter writes about grief while dealing with it himself

ESPN Reporter Ivan Maisel interview Stanford Quarterback Kevin Hogan about grief, while the reporter was grieving his own loss. (Screengrab from ESPN video)Ivan Maisel had done many stories through the years about a player or coach returning to action after suffering the loss of a loved one. But this was different. On Sept. 5, Maisel posted a piece … Read More
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Not done yet: ESPN's Van Natta says follow-ups likely after takeout on Patriots

Screengrab from ESPN's investigation of the Patriots and the NFL. This won't come as good news for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the New England Patriots. Don Van Natta says there might be a Round 2 to last week's big ESPN Magazine story illustrating how Goodell used the penalties levied on the Patriots for "Deflategate" as a make-up … Read More
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