Deford discusses future of journalism

first_imgSports journalism is at the forefront of technological advances in the media world, Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Frank Deford said at the 2010 Red Smith Lecture in Journalism Wednesday night. In his lecture, entitled “Sportswriter is One Word,” Deford spoke of his experiences in the sports writing business and gave his take on where the industry is going.Deford started the lecture off by describing himself as a “hybrid,” as his work in the field of sports involves more than just news.“I know I’m a writer, but only part of me is a journalist,” he said. “Most of my pieces are storytelling rather than reporting.”Although he has been writing for Sports Illustrated since 1962, Deford said he never expected his job to last this long and only came about it by accident.“I never set out to be a sportswriter. I fell into it in college. I always think I’ll grow up and move out of it,” he said.Deford said while sportswriters seldom garner the respect for their field of work amongst their journalist peers, the area of writing they work in allows for an unmatched level of creativity.“Sports writing offers the most opportunity amongst journalistic disciplines for storytelling,” he said.For a long time, the area of American culture that sportswriters covered in addition to the job itself were stagnant in its progress, and this hindered growth of media opportunities for alternate forms of publication and women sportswriters, according to Deford.“In sports, everything played in exactly the same places as if it had been ordained that way,” he said.He said he was blessed to come into the field when it was undergoing rapid growth.“I was fortunate unlike Red [Smith’s] generation who had to chronicle a little realm,” Deford said. “I came into the enterprise when it was exploding.”Despite this increase of coverage, Deford said sports writing has lost a bit of its luster.“To be a sportswriter today isn’t nearly as engaging. The revolution is over,” he said.Part of that problem is the expansion of sports journalism to a new realm of media: the Internet.“Journalism as we know it began with the printing press,” Deford said. “It ended with the Internet.”Deford said as the focus of coverage shifts online, readers are losing the joy of being exposed to a variety of subjects by being able to pick and choose what they read.“The mainstream media says we’re going to give you a full arc of the goings on. Even if you weren’t going to read about education, you might bump into it,” he said, speaking of print media.“People in this century are growing up with a predilection to only read what interests them,” Deford said.Despite these issues, Deford feels that expansion of coverage can also be beneficial for sports writing.“When I was in college, Eisenhower warned about the military industrial complex. It really is the entertainment amusement complex. This is great for sportswriters,” he said.Deford said this evolution could be described by a word many old time sports writers tossed around — “bush” — which was used to describe anything that wasn’t deemed as worthy of reputable coverage, such as soccer.“Who cares that it is bush. It’s fun. The end of journalism as we know it is the beginning of new sports journalism,” he said.Deford said despite the expansion of coverage the Internet offers, we are losing a critical aspect of sports journalism: the storytelling.“Pitchers can only go six innings, readers can only go six sentences,” he said. “It is the good stories and good investigative journalism which we will lose.”last_img read more

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw Joined The Morning Show To Give Us Some Important Updates

first_imgWill you go to jail if you defy a quarantine order?Sheriff Bradshaw joins us to answer that question and many more.You can hear it all here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Ric-Bradshaw-3-20-20.mp3last_img

GSA’s John Hassett wins PVC cross-country title

first_imgLINCOLN — Runners in Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference cross-country championship crossed the finish line splattered in mud at Mattanawcook Academy.But George Stevens Academy junior John Hassett appeared unfazed by the saturated 5-kilometer course.Hassett finished first overall among the boys in 16 minutes and 14.28 seconds — nearly a minute ahead of the runner-up, Matt Keresey of Orono.“He definitely competed very well,” said GSA coach Erich Reed. “He has been training hard. Our focus for him is on New Englands.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhile Hassett’s sights are set higher than a PVC title, Reed said Saturday’s rainy, cold weather offered his runners good practice for the bigger meets.“The mud really slowed people down,” Reed said. “What I really liked about the meet was that it gave us practice in adverse conditions.”GSA’s Ollie Dillon, who took sixth in 17:23.77, and Will Entwisle (seventh in 17:31.96) also helped lead the Eagles to a second-place finish among the boys’ small school teams with 32 points. Orono won with 24 points, and Lee Academy finished third with 98.Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brendan Penfold followed Dillon and Entwisle in eighth place with a time of 17:37.18.For the boys’ large school division, Caribou won easily with 20 points, and Old Town took second with 79. Mount Desert Island trailed closely in third (80 points), led by Peter Philbrook’s fifth-place finish in 17:43.65.Girls’ resultsGSA sophomores Eliza Broughton (19:53.03), Zeya Lorio (20:11.90) and Mary Richardson (20:17.81) placed fourth, fifth and sixth behind a trio of Orono juniors.Tia Tardy won in 18:42.52, Hannah Steelman took second (18:54.05), and Kassidy Dill followed in third (19:07.58).“They’re remarkable,” Reed said of the Orono girls’ squad. “We’re still doing our best to stay competitive with them.”GSA senior Hanna Gutow also finished among the top 10 (ninth in 21:19.84).Of the girls’ small schools, Orono won with 21 points. GSA took second with 35 points, and Mattanawcook finished third with 78.MDI’s Emma Strong and Emily Banks led the Trojans to victory in the girls’ large school division with 59 points.Strong placed third in 20:33.49, and Banks finished seventh in 21:26.76.Behind MDI, Caribou took second with 65 points in the division, and Presque Isle placed third with 74.Hancock County runners will compete again Saturday at the Eastern Maine championship in Belfast.Find more pictures here. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSPHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526272829PreviousNext Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)center_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Biolast_img read more

Everton forward Sandro joins Sevilla on loan

first_imgTransfers Everton forward Sandro joins Sevilla on loan Peter Hanson 07:49 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sandroramirez - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Sevilla Premier League Primera División A miserable debut Premier League season for the striker is set to end after he agreed to join the La Liga club Everton forward Sandro Ramirez is to join Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season subject to a medical, the Toffees have confirmed.Sandro scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for Malaga last season, prompting Everton to snap up the Spaniard as part of a heavy close-season recruitment drive.However, the 22-year-old has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and has failed to force his way into the first-team picture at Goodison Park particularly since Sam Allardyce’s appointment. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sandro has just one goal in 15 Everton appearances across all competitions, and will now look to resurrect his campaign back in La Liga with a Sevilla side that sit sixth in the table.The news, which was announced on Everton’s website, continues a busy January for Sevilla, with Vincenzo Montella’s side having signed Roque Mesa, Guilherme Arana and Miguel Layun with Wednesday’s transfer deadline day looming.Sevilla will take on Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16 next month.last_img read more

Children’s Hospital to Save Millions of Dollars

first_img This donation was made possible through part proceeds from the staging of the 2017 Guardsman Games, an obstacle course race hosted by the Group, in partnership with the Jamaica National Group. The Bustamante Hospital for Children, in Kingston, is expected to save $28 million in energy costs over the next 20 years, through the installation of a solar energy system.The system, which was donated by the Guardsman Group to power the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), is a pilot project facilitated by Future Energy Corporation.This donation was made possible through part proceeds from the staging of the 2017 Guardsman Games, an obstacle course race hosted by the Group, in partnership with the Jamaica National Group.The system, which has already been installed, was officially handed over during a ceremony at the Arthur Wint Drive location of the hospital on Monday (August 20).Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, thanked Executive Chairman of the Guardsman Group, Kenneth Benjamin, for conceptualising the Guardsman Games, noting that he is pleased that the proceeds “go back to doing good.”“He has ensured that the ICU is benefiting from this solar system which will create savings for us and, by extension, help us to carry out our functions in the environment of limited resources. So, we are always looking for partnerships. We are always looking for the opportunity to benefit in a very constructive way as we seek to advance good public health in our country,” he said.Managing Director of the Guardsman Group, Vinay Walia, pointed out that the solar system will continue to provide green energy for up to 40 years and more.He noted that the system will result in significant savings that can be directed towards the purchase of necessary equipment and infrastructure.“The solar system is expandable and, one of the aims of Guardsman Games, going forward, is to challenge corporate entities and individuals to contribute towards the expansion of this system, so that we can provide reduced energy for other areas of the hospital and, ultimately, continue to improve care given to our nation’s future – its children,” he said.In the meantime, Acting Chief Executive Officer, Bustamante Hospital for Children, Karlene Taylor McKenzie, expressed appreciation for the donation of the solar system.“We are looking forward to the energy savings…as a result of implementation of this system. This will help us to reduce our energy costs as we strive to continue to offer first-class patient care to Jamaica’s most valuable assets – our children,” she said. Story Highlights The system, which was donated by the Guardsman Group to power the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU), is a pilot project facilitated by Future Energy Corporation. The Bustamante Hospital for Children, in Kingston, is expected to save $28 million in energy costs over the next 20 years, through the installation of a solar energy system.last_img read more