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

Bar website now has better access

first_img February 15, 2002 Regular News The Florida Bar’s website, www.FLABAR.org, has a new feature and a new server which will make navigating the site quicker and easier.Earlier this month, the Bar moved to a “frames” version of the website, which offers users separate, scrollable regions and provides a drop-down menu for each section of the site.The new website server provides faster communication between a user’s computer and the server, said Patricia Hohman, the Bar’s website coordinator. And, the drop-down menus will allow users to view the contents of a section before clicking on that page.The entire website is now maintained using LotusNotes databases, allowing Bar staff to update the site more frequently, Hohman added.“Some users may need to refresh their browser to see the new site,” she said. “Users having trouble viewing the site may need to clear their browser’s cache.”Typically, Internet browsers such as Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer save copies of frequently visited pages (called your “browser cache”) to your computer’s hard-drive, which your browser may access the next time you view a particular website.To clear your browser’s cache:• In Internet Explorer, go to “Tools,” then “Internet Options.” Under the “General” tab, click “Delete Files” in the “Temporary Internet Files” category. Click “OK,” then “OK” again to exit, then click “Refresh” in your browser or type the Bar address in the browser location bar.• In Netscape Navigator, go to “Edit,” then “Preferences.” In the “Category” bar on the left, double-click “Advanced,” then “Cache.” Next, click “Clear Memory Cache” and “OK,” then “Clear Disk Cache” and “OK.” To exit, click “OK,” then refresh your browser. Bar website now has better accesscenter_img Bar website now has better accesslast_img read more

Holyfield open to Tyson rematch for charity

first_img Loading… Promoted Content7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World Former world heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, would fight Mike Tyson again – if his old rival asks. Former heavyweight boxing champions Evander Holyfield (left) and Mike Tyson (right) are looking to fight charity exhibition bouts in their 50s Holyfield, 57, who retired in 2014, won their two previous bouts in the 1990s, including the infamous ‘Bite Fight’ in 1997 when Tyson was disqualified. Both have planned returns for charity and Holyfield said a three-round fight was possible “if he [Tyson] wants to”. “If I ask him it’s almost like me being a bully saying I want to go against somebody I’ve beaten twice,” he added. Holyfield had the last of his 57 professional bouts in 2011 when he recorded his 44th victory with a technical knockout against Denmark’s Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen.Advertisementcenter_img Tyson, 53, who became the youngest world heavyweight champion when he won the title aged 20 in 1986, last fought professionally in 2005 when his 58th contest ended in his sixth defeat, against Irishman Kevin McBride. Asked about the potential of a third fight with Tyson, Holyfield told BBC Radio 5 live: “I don’t want pressure on me that ‘you just want to fight Mike because you know you can beat him’. read also:Westgate makes Tyson favourite over Holyfield in ‘trilogy’ fight “If he hits me I’m gonna hit you back, that’s what boxing is really about. I’m gonna be 58, he’ll be 54, you talk about being in good health and doing things the proper way that respects it. “Anybody that I get in the ring with, if I’m in there with my brother, if he tag me I’m gonna tag him back. If you don’t want me to throw bombs you’d better not throw no bombs.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more