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

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

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

One journalist's journey from ESPN to shining shoes

Screengrab from the 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Van Pelt to bring unique voice to new solo edition of SportsCenter

When ESPN approached Scott Van Pelt about going solo with the midnight (Eastern) edition of "SportsCenter," he initially said no. Van Pelt was the co-host of a popular midday radio show on the network, which gave him the opportunity to express his views about various issues in sports. Typically, "SportsCenter" hosts aren't given as much latitude in that regard. Read More

Mary Byrne wants to make it less newsworthy for women to be the APSE president

Mary Byrne at her new job at ESPN in Bristol, CT. (Photo by Rich Arden / ESPN Images)When Mike Sherman of The Oklahoman served as the president of Associated Press Sports Editors in 2014-15, nobody wrote that he was the 39th man to hold that position. However, there are numbers attached to Sherman’s successor. Each story dutifully … Read More

Bill Simmons to host talk show on HBO

The New York Times When ESPN announced that Bill Simmons would be leaving the network, speculation on his future job prospects were rampant. Some guessed he would join Fox Sports. Some floated Turner Sports as a possible destination. One report even suggested that he and departing "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart would go into business together. Read More

Margaret Sullivan: Article on Serena Williams and body image 'a missed opportunity'

The New York Times New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Monday about Friday's article by Ben Rothenberg on female athletes and body image. I see this article as a missed opportunity to really get under the surface of a pervasive and troubling issue in women’s sports and, particularly, women’s tennis. Mr. Rothenberg had enviable … Read More

Outside the Lines celebrates 25 years of hard-hitting journalism

Bob Ley boils down the essence of "Outside The Lines." "Let's go commit some journalism," Ley said. There isn't another show on sports television -- and few others in television, period -- that can match ESPN's crown jewel when it comes to committing quality journalism on a regular basis. "Outside the Lines," also known as OTL, will celebrate its 25th … Read More