Today on Puck Daddy, Greg W. posted an entry about the waning role of print journalism in today’s environment. He ends his entry with two questions:
1. Where do print newspapers fit into your consumption of hockey news?
I’m a dedicated reader of the Sunday Buffalo News. I look forward to reading the game summaries and Bucky’s Inside the NHL column, as it usually contains tidbits of news about teams that I only tertiarilly care about. (Yes, I did just make up a word.) I also read the Sunday NY Times, but they’re usually a day behind on the news. I will scan the comics section of the Buffalo News each day, but generally catch the rest of my hockey related news on the pub’s website. I like that the website version of the news stories can be updated as information changes or is clarified. And now with the News offering comments on the stories, a dialogue can be started. The reporter/columnist blogs offer inside information that may not always make it into the printed edition for space or relevancy reasons, but is still newsworthy and interesting. And the game blogs are always entertaining, as the reporter either bitches about the on-ice action, press box food, crowds or needs to step in and referee the people in the comment section.
I realize I’ve digressed a little bit, but more and more newspapers are moving more and more content online. Online is a revenue generator. The “death of newspaper” shouldn’t be seen as a reason to scale back reporter’s travel schedules just because they are writing more for the web and less for the snapper wrapper.
2. Do you feel the reporting on an official team Web site is, or can be, objective enough for it to be your primary source of news for that team?
Hell no. Come on, a team’s website serves solely as a PR vehicle for the team. Look at the articles recently posted on Sabres.com. There’s the announcement of MacArthur and Sekera agreeing to deals, development camp features and assorted other puff pieces. There’s no negativity and nothing written from an outsider’s point of view. Sure they have news on the team, but everything is written and prepped by Sabres and/or NHL staffers. If they really wanted to be a true news source, they would post pieces written by those not receiving a paycheck from the Sabres or the league.
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