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

Outgoing board members reflect on their service

first_img“Ultimately our legitimacy rests on the consent of the governed, the lawyers of the state of Florida,” Hume said. “Do what is best for the state of Florida and you will do what is best for The Florida Bar.”Referring to McMahon’s fiscal calculations, Morales said, “I consider myself a very wealthy man, but not wealthy in money or possessions, but wealthy in blessings, blessings in health, family, and friends. I am a much, much wealthier man for serving on this board. This board has given me much more than I have given it.”As a Cuban native and the son, grandson, nephew, and brother of lawyers, Morales said he has an appreciation for the contributions of the profession. Outgoing board members reflect on their service It’s taken 79 days of work in the past four years to attend Board of Governors meetings and to deal with related Bar work, according to the calculations of outgoing board member Mike McMahon.At his normal billing rates, that’s around $160,000 to $240,000 of forgone revenues, plus another $31,000 of expenses paid by his firm for him to attend to Bar duties, including board meetings. Outgoing board members reflect on their service June 1, 2001 Regular News “I would urge you in the future to consider attacks on any of us as attacks on all of us,” Buell advised.Ratzan noted it had been a challenging year for the Bar in the legislature, and he praised Russomanno’s efforts. Buell expressed concerns about challenges facing lawyers. “There are two thoughts that come to mind,” he said. “One is on the multidisciplinary practice issue. The accountants will be back. In my view, MDPs are not in the best interests of our clients or the Bar.”Secondly, he said the Bar needs to be more involved when one segment of the profession comes under attack. He noted there have been separate issues affecting workers’ compensation, trial, or real estate attorneys and the Bar as a whole has tended not to respond. Joining McMahon were YLD President Stuart Ratzan and board members Mark Buell, John Hume, and Manny Morales. Although five is a smaller number than normal of departing board members, Bar President Herman Russomanno, who also made brief remarks, noted the quintet had a combined 26 years of board service. Of the rewards for board service, McMahon said, “It’s the people in this room, the level of intellect, the level of debate sometimes petty but usually with a high regard for the future of the profession.“My hope in the future is we can be more proactive, and that’s hard to do with a group this large,” he advised. “Those who are out there [in the Florida Legislature] to get us chipped away a little on the judicial selection process. . . and there are many more who will come back again.“We need to focus in the future not in just defending what we have but in expanding,” McMahon continued. “We need to develop an agenda that is proactive and will make the profession and the country a better place.”One good example, he said, is President-elect Terry Russell’s goal of getting state funds for legal aid services next year. John Hume Mark Buell “I think of an island where I was born about 90 miles down,” he said. “I think of how different that world is to our world and the reason it is different is because this board and boards like it around the country are the bedrock of what democracy is in this country. It is the foundation of the skyscraper of democracy. “The first thing that those totalitarian governments do is get rid of the lawyers and get rid of the court system, or make it a sham, because that’s how you get rid of democracy,” Morales said. “Your work improving the legal profession and making sure lawyers are independent and competent is important and the way to protect the public.” Hume, a watchdog of the budget and a frequent advocate that the Bar should avoid social or partisan political issues, urged the board to always be open to unpopular positions. “Encourage colleagues to speak out, even if you disagree with them, perhaps especially if you disagree with them,” he said. “Examine the budget process critically, this is where most of the deals are done. Do not allow our funds to be expended unless each expenditure advances the purposes of our Florida Bar.” He asked the board to protect the core values of the profession, including against incursions by MDPs, and also to keep in mind the interests of the “unsung yeoman of the profession,” the sole practitioner. Manuel Morales Russomanno echoed Morales sentiments, and thanked board members for their support in a challenging year. “I’ve always been proud to be a lawyer, but I’m prouder today than when“As was stated earlier, lawyers are the guardians of the constitution and the people in this room are the flames,” he added. “The beacon of the flames is the hard work that you do.” “You said last night it felt like asking a jury for $1 million and they gave you $900,000,” he told the president. “But it was like asking a jury of tort reformers for $1 million and they gave you $900,000. You went into the lions’ den and you barely stubbed a toe.” Ratzan also told the board, “It really has been a privilege to stand up here and report on behalf of the YLD.” Mike McMahon “I don’t know who has been most rewarded, but I don’t think members of the Bar got that much value of my time,” McMahon said with a smile at the board’s May 11 meeting in Key West, the final gathering of the 2000-01 Bar year. The occasion was the closing of the meeting, traditionally a time for retiring board members to offer “comments for the good of the order.” Board members talked about not only the camaraderie of the board but also about their recommendations for the Bar and the board. Stuart Ratzan last_img read more

China virus spread continues to hit Indonesia’s tourist sector

first_imgTransportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Friday that Bali, North Sulawesi and Riau Islands had been affected as they were the gates to several popular destinations for Chinese tourists, such as Bunaken and Bintan.  To ease the tourist industry’s burden, the government is encouraging domestic tourists to visit such destinations. “I have asked Indonesian carriers to give special prices or discounts to those destinations,” said Budi Karya. Previously, the ministry planned to provide additional international flight slots to Bali from East Asia and Middle East countries to boost foreign arrivals to Bali.  Topics : The country’s tourist sector has taken a hit amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in China that has spread to other countries, as more trip and hotel booking cancellations have been reported following travel bans on tourists to and from China. Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said on Friday that more than 40,000 hotel bookings in Bali had been canceled since the outbreak.”This coronavirus has overwhelmed us, especially the tourist sector in Bali where more than 40,000 room bookings were canceled and 20,000 people annulled their visits,” said Hariyadi. “Import and export activities, including the export of live fish, has also been disrupted.” center_img “We should be more vigilant. We did not imagine that the impact of the coronavirus outbreak would be greater than that of SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome],” he said.The SARS epidemic, which also started in China, killed around 800 people worldwide in 2002-2003. The 2019-nCoV virus, linked to a wet market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has infected more than 40,100 people since it was first reported early this year with a death toll of around 900 as of Sunday.Hariyadi called on stakeholders to work hand-in-hand to tackle the issue as the outbreak also occurred during the low season. “If this continues, I think it could turn into a serious matter,” he said. last_img read more

EPL: Watford ambush Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Watford vs. Everton Venue: Vicarage Road Kick off: 4PMWatford face Everton at Vicarage Road this afternoon in the Premier League, with the home side looking to continue their resurgence under new manager Nigel Pearson. Watford seemed all but relegated when Pearson arrived in early December, but four Premier League wins from nine matches have allowed them to move within one point of safety. Having taken 11 points from their last six matches Watford are now looking up, but two losses in their last two games have stunted momentum. A defeat in their last league fixture to fellow strugglers Aston Villa was particularly damaging, while they would have been embarrassed by losing to Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup last Thursday. The Hertfordshire club also came out on the wrong side in the reverse fixture back in August, with a second half Bernard goal sealing the 1-0 win for Everton. Both sides have made changes in personnel since then, with Troy Deeney returning for Watford and Everton switching to a 4-4-2 under Carlo Ancelotti. While the changes have not brought about instant success, the Italian’s side are now well clear of the relegation zone. Everton’s away form remains poor, with the Toffees only managing two wins and nine points on the road this season. However, in the four league away games since Ancelotti’s arrival in December they have taken five points, more than the four Silva managed between August and December. Watford possible XI: Foster, Mariappa, Dawson, Cathcart, Masina, Doucoure, Capoue, Chalobah, Pereyra, Deeney, Deulofeu. Everton possible XI: Pickford, Sidibe, Mina, Holgate, Digne, Walcott, Delph, Davies, Bernard, Calvert-Lewin, Kean.Tags: EvertonNigel PearsonTranmere RoversVicarage RoadWatfordlast_img read more

GOA and GBA officials donate blood

first_imgTHE Guyana Olympic Association  president  K. Juman Yassin SC, AA and president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), Steve Ninvalle on Tuesday each donated blood to the Blood Bank as part of  Olympic Day activities. The two officials were the first to donate in support of the activity which was organiesd by the GOA as part of a series of activities scheduled by the body in observance of World Olympic  Day that was observed  on June 23 lastlast_img

Manchester United deny meeting Guardiola

first_imgManchester United deny they met Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola to discuss the possibility of him replacing current boss Louis van Gaal.France Football  says the meeting took place last week in Paris, but United insist the story is not true.Guardiola, 45, will leave Bayern Munich this summer and said he has several offers from English clubs.Manchester City are favourites to recruit the Spaniard, but Chelsea and United have also been linked with him.Van Gaal’s future at Old Trafford has been a source of almost constant speculation in recent weeks.The Dutchman has come under pressure from fans and former United players for the club’s indifferent form and playing style. United are fifth in the table, two points adrift of Tottenham in fourth.Guardiola’s impending move to the Premier League have increased speculation about his possible destination,The former Barcelona boss recently apologised for putting managers under pressure with his announcement.”It was not my intention to offend anybody,” he said. “Normally in my career as a trainer and as a player, I respect my colleagues a lot.”Bayern Munich held a training camp in Doha during the Bundesliga winter break and will resume their campaign at Hamburg on Friday.last_img read more