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Hey coach, lighten up!

Steve Spurrier and his coaching cohorts get pissy with the press

Steve Spurrier, the wisecrackin’ ol’ ballcoach at the University of South Carolina, has the Gamecocks in rarefied air. After... More

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The future of NFL Films looks bleak

With Steve Sabol’s untimely death, there’s no one to protect what he built from the cheapskates at NFL Network

Steve Sabol died on Tuesday from brain cancer at age 69. The president of, and artistic sensibility behind, NFL Films... More

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Take one for the team

Football season is upon us, and so are its tried and true clichés

There is so much to love about football’s 24/7 ubiquity on television, but there is one (and only one) downside:... More

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Local television and the Dodgers-Red Sox trade

Are the Dodgers loading up on stars in advance of a new local TV deal?

The words “local television” conjure images of infomercials, Seinfeld reruns, and lame repartee on cheesy newscasts, infomercials. But local television... More

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Drugs and the Olympics

What if reporters imbedded with athletes during training?

The first week of the Olympics is traditionally given over to complaints about NBC’s coverage, as we discussed last week.... More

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ESPN’s Tim Tebow lovefest

Shut out of the Olympics, the ‘Worldwide Leader In Sports’ puts NFL front and center

US sports coverage last week was split neatly into two distinct, Jungian halves, represented by those sportscasting sweethearts, married couple... More

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Sacred cows

The Penn State story offers a glimpse of the problems with league- and team-owned broadcast operations

Full-Court Press is a periodic column about the coverage of sports. On July 12, a report prepared by former FBI... More

Into the Fold

How the online sports community has become part of the mainstream

Regular watchers of ESPN —that is, all sports fans—may have noticed the network has begun allotting more airtime to the... More

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U.S.-Russia hoops coverage fails to mention Georgia war

Here is the extent that the powers-that-be in Beijing have been successful at de-politicizing these Olympics: This morning’s U.S.-Russia women’s... More

Remote Control

Many of NBC’s announcers are calling the Olympics from New York—and that’s OK

NBC comes in for bashing from critics, both professional and otherwise, every four years,over its choices of what Olympics action... More

Tiki, Torched

MSNBC’s TIki Barber fumbles his Olympic commentary

Although the NFL season is still a month off, desperate sports fans can get their Tiki Barber fix during the... More

Booby Prize

NBC’s Olympics site is no medal contender

Contrary to what it may seem, many Olympics fans are interested in more than Michael Phelps’s attempt to chase the... More

Endangered Species

The big-city sports columnist: devoured by TV, negated by the Net

“All I ever wanted to be was a newspaper writer.” Those were the self-eulogizing words of Tony Kornheiser upon accepting... More

Play (Hard!) Ball

Why the sports beat must evolve

Last summer, celebrity sports columnist Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote the latest in a series of articles denigrating... More

Apple can’t hide from a 20-year-old reporter - The University of Michigan student gets behind the tech titan’s newest products

Al Jazeera America struggles to get off the margins - A quality-first strategy faces huge hurdles

Finding James Foley - This 2013 story takes a look at GlobalPost’s search for the photojournalist

Gannett cribs from Advance Publications playbook for struggling newspapers - Staff compete for fewer jobs; ‘readers become the assignment editor’

Cop corruption probe sparks newspaper feud - A spiked story is at the center of a bitter fight between Philadelphia’s two dailies


The impact of watching executions (PSmag)

“[E]xecutions, even for people who support capital punishment, and even when the criminals being put to death evoke little personal sympathy because of the nature of their crimes, take a toll on witnesses”

Times of India demands employee social media passwords (Quartz)

The company will possess log-in information and will be free to post any material to the account without journalists’ knowledge

Reconnecting with a story source, 17 years later (Hartford Courant)

“People who say reporters exploit people? You are right, we do. We parachute into people’s lives, sidle up, convince them that we care — and then disengage when the story is over. But that doesn’t mean we don’t connect, in a genuine way.”

The McDonald’s in Ferguson (LAT)

“Lately, the restaurant has taken on the appearance of a battered frontier outpost”

Bloggingheads

Greg Marx discusses democracy and news with Tom Rosenstiel of the American Press Institute

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