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With Tiger at the Masters, there will be work for golf reporters

At one time, Robert Lusetich didn’t cover golf for FoxSports.com. He covered Tiger Woods.

Lusetich was assigned to all of his tournaments in 2009. Part of it was due to a book he was writing on Woods, but it also was the result of the insatiable appetite for all things Tiger. After winning his 14th major at the U.S. Open in 2008, the countdown was on for Woods’ inevitable march to Jack Nicklaus’ record 18 major victories.

So if Woods was teeing it up in competition in 2009, Lusetich was there to write about it.

“Tiger moves the needle, not just in golf, but in the world of sports,” said Lusetich of the unique assignment.

Tiger Woods speaks to the media during a news conference after a practice round at a 2014 golf tournament. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Tiger Woods speaks to the media during a news conference after a practice round at a 2014 golf tournament.

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Why there’s not a single Alex Rodriguez quote in ESPN’s 12,000-word profile

J. R. Moehringer spent more than 100 hours with Alex Rodriguez. He saw him in a Batman costume during a New Year’s Eve celebration with his children. He was with him on a day in New York when he met with the new Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred. And then he accompanied him on a visit to the surgeon who worked on his hip.

They had numerous intimate conversations that carried on into the night. At times, it got to be too much—for Moehringer.

“I told him, ‘Alex, I’m tired. I’ve got to go home,’” Moehringer said.

Yespn-arod-coveret despite almost unlimited access, Moehringer decided not to use one quote from Rodriguez in his riveting 12,000+-word piece on the disgraced star in the March 2 edition of ESPN The Magazine. Read more

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ESPN’s Vince Doria retires without ever posting a tweet

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Vince Doria

As ESPN’s director of news, Vince Doria has been at the forefront of the new media. Yet he never has posted a tweet.

He is on Twitter at @VinceDoria. However, Doria didn’t set up the account. His colleagues did it for him in the hopes that he might share some of his thoughts.

It didn’t happen. Under number of tweets for Doria, the number still says 0. Doria gets that it’s part of the job these days, but he simply is adhering to the age-old doctrine that journalists should remain objective.

“I just never felt it was good to do it in my current role,” Doria said. “No matter how you cut it, Twittter turns out to be a platform for opinion.”

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Pam Oliver: Sideline reporters should be journalists, not celebrities

(left to right) USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth,  Pam Oliver of Fox and TNT,  Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports speak on a panel titled, “The Female Voice in Sports Media.” (Photo by Sean Su | Daily Northwestern)

(left to right) USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth, Pam Oliver of Fox Sports and TNT, Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports speak on a panel titled, “The Female Voice in Sports Media.” (Photo by Sean Su | Daily Northwestern)

Pam Oliver knew she had a captive audience to deliver her message.

“The journalism has to matter,” Oliver said repeatedly at Northwestern Tuesday as part of the Medill School of Journalism’s “Beyond The Box Score” series.

She joined USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, Rachel Nichols of CNN and Turner Sports, and ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth on a panel titled, “The Female Voice in Sports Media.”

Oliver, who was Fox Sports’ top sideline reporter for the NFL for years, made headlines last year for her honest reaction to Fox moving her off that assignment and replacing her with the younger Erin Andrews. Read more

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Deadspin writer tricked by satirical website

Gawker Media site Deadspin continues to set the standard for honest, forthright apologies. Take this one, appended to a bogus story published Wednesday about the 2016 Olympics featuring 3-on-3 basketball:

Update: Nah, this isn’t happening. I wrote a post based on a satire website, which is just about the dumbest way to fuck up. Sorry. Fuck me. Woulda been cool though. Original post below.

The story came from the Betoota Advocate, a satirical website that has successfully trolled the the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Brand New.

Here’s one of the more farfetched paragraphs from the satirical site, highlighted by a Gawker commenter:

Spectators will be given the opportunity to watch the competition in the evenings, from the comfort of their own cars.

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Career Beat: Conn Carroll named White House correspondent for Townhall

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Conn Carroll will be White House correspondent for Townhall. He has previously worked at National Journal. (Politico)
  • Jack Shafer will be a columnist and reporter for Politico. Previously, he was press critic for Reuters. (Poynter)
  • Hugo Sánchez will be a soccer analyst for ESPN Deportes. Previously, he was a guest analyst there. (Media Moves)
  • Erika Maldonado will be an anchor at Univision Chicago. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter there. (Robert Feder)
  • Laura Zelenko will be interim senior executive editor for beat reporting at Bloomberg News. Previously, she was executive editor for markets there. (Poynter)
  • Susan Montoya Bryan will be New Mexico correspondent for The Associated Press.
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Career Beat: Marilyn Thompson will be deputy editor at Politico

Good morning! Here are some career updates from the journalism community:

  • Leon Wieseltier will be a contributing editor and critic at The Atlantic. Previously, he was literary editor at The New Republic. (Poynter)
  • George Rodrigue will be editor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Previously, he was assistant news director for WFAA. (Poynter)
  • Marilyn Thompson will be deputy editor at Politico. She’s currently Washington bureau chief for Reuters. Maura Reynolds is now White House editor at Politico. Previously, she was an editor at Bloomberg. (Email)
  • Peter Jamison is now a metro reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Previously, he was a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times. Nigel Duara is now a southwest correspondent at the Los Angeles Times. He was a reporter at The Associated Press.
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Stuart Scott was a master codeswitcher and we’re all better for it

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, 2013 (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

ESPN commentator Stuart Scott, 2013 (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Stuart Scott, the ESPN anchor, is gone, dead of cancer at the age of 49.  He leaves behind a splendid legacy in sports journalism, one that has shaped me as a fan, a writer, and an American.  Scott was a master of what is called “code switching,” that quality of language that that enables us to change the way we talk and write to satisfy the needs of multiple audiences.

Scott could be as rigorous as a scholar on commencement day, talking about life, sports, race, or his battle with cancer.  That power of Standard English was gained through his upbringing, his education at the University of North Carolina, and his professional aspirations to become a journalist and an anchor.  Read more

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It’s Jan. 5. How are those resolutions?

Good morning and happy 2015. Here are 10 media stories.

  1. Remembering Stuart Scott

    ESPN's Stuart Scott died on Sunday. He was 49. (ESPN) | "Stuart Scott's death at 49 prompted a reminder that, yes, these are real people on TV." (Deadspin) | ESPN staff quietly created Scott's obit video last year. (ESPN)

  2. Some jobs are coming to The Dallas Morning News

    The Dallas Morning News' owner, A. H. Belo Corporation, is buying three marketing companies and will hire between 15 and 20 people, about 12 in sales. Print ad revenue from the Morning News dropped by about 10 percent last year. (The Dallas Morning News)

  3. Remembering those we lost

    In 2014, Anja Niedringhaus, James Foley and other photojournalists died.

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Tallahassee police release reporter’s contact information after records request

Deadspin | Tallahassee Democrat

A public records request from ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne led to the Tallahassee Police Department posting hundreds of public records online – along with her original request and cell phone number – on Christmas Eve.

Lavigne requested police records for hundreds of Florida State University athletes in an apparent investigation of the police department’s treatment of the athletes.

From the Tallahassee Democrat:

The request came after TPD and FSU were the subject of major investigative stories by the New York Times earlier this year. The Times articles focused mostly on how the agency and the department handle police run ins involving FSU players, including quarterback Jameis Winston.
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