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ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro Delivers Hollow Speech About Sticking To Sports   ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro Delivers Hollow Speech About Sticking To Sports  

At a Sports Business Journal conference today, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro— who said two months ago that ESPN’s future was in sticking to sports and kowtowing to the NFL’s interests—reiterated that ESPN was going to stay away from “pure politics.”

Which NBA Team Is Most Like Your Favorite NBA Team? Which NBA Team Is Most Like Your Favorite NBA Team?

It’s almost time for the tip-off of the new basketball season, and you know what that means: It’s time to point out that not only does the NBA exist, but that other things also exist. A few outlets have already beaten us to the punch here, imagining NBA teams as rom-coms or TV shows or fake movies, but nobody has yet…

Q&A: Reporter Antje Windmann On Convincing Ronaldo's Rape Accuser To Speak, And Why Media Was So Slow To Pick Up The Story Q&A: Reporter Antje Windmann On Convincing Ronaldo's Rape Accuser To Speak, And Why Media Was So Slow To Pick Up The Story

In April 2017, German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported that Cristiano Ronaldo in 2010 reached a $375,000 settlement with a woman who said he raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009. The story barely made a ripple in the sports world, even after Der Spiegel followed up the initial story a week later by reporting on the …

Hypothetical Grievances Presented By An Australian Newspaper To Defend Its Big-Lipped Serena Williams Cartoon, Ranked Hypothetical Grievances Presented By An Australian Newspaper To Defend Its Big-Lipped Serena Williams Cartoon, Ranked

To riff on Serena Williams’s spat with umpire Carlos Ramos in the U.S. Open final, the Melbourne Herald Sun published an illustration of the tennis player, drawn by editorial cartoonist Mark Knight, which has since been met with international disgust. Today, like any normal newspaper, the Herald Sun opted to dig in…

Damian Lillard Is Scooping The NBA's Scoopsters Damian Lillard Is Scooping The NBA's Scoopsters

C.J. McCollum is not the only member of the Trail Blazers’ backcourt who’s also a practicing journalist. Damian Lillard has spent the week outscooping the basketball press. The point guard has turned into a reverse Adrian Wojnarowski and broke news about where a pair of national basketball writers are headed.

"I Received A Check For $4": Letters From FanSided Writers "I Received A Check For $4": Letters From FanSided Writers

On Wednesday, Deadspin published a report about how FanSided uses unpaid and underpaid labor to power its websites, which in turn bolster Sports Illustrated and its parent company, Meredith Corporation. With names and other identifying information redacted by request, here are some of the dozens of emails and Twitter…

There's Nothing Candid About LeBron's The Shop There's Nothing Candid About LeBron's The Shop

When you’re watching porn, especially one of those gauzy-lensed sensual ones, you generally do not find yourself thinking, Boy, that porn star fellow must be quite the gentleman at home.

It Doesn't Matter If Michelle Beadle Doesn't Watch Football It Doesn't Matter If Michelle Beadle Doesn't Watch Football

You probably don’t care about ESPN’s new-ish morning talk show, Get Up, because why would you? It’s a glossy, inoffensive talk show meant to be half-watched by people who fell asleep watching a game on ESPN the night before and are too lazy to change the channel in the morning while getting ready for work.

Holy Shit, The Athletic Just Swiped A Bunch Of NFL Beat Writers Holy Shit, The Athletic Just Swiped A Bunch Of NFL Beat Writers

The Athletic is committed to pulverizing newspapers, and it brought out the sledgehammer today. The site announced the launch of six new localized verticals plus additional football coverage in four cities in which it already had a presence:

There Are No Clean Hands In The Latest WWE Twitter Blow-Up There Are No Clean Hands In The Latest WWE Twitter Blow-Up

Pro wrestling Twitter completely imploded on Wednesday. Well, more than usual.

Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme Athletic Writer Throws Fit Over Rhode Island Not Giving Into Stadium Financing Scheme

A hot new sports media startup may not be the place you’d expect to find a braindead take lifted straight from a dead-tree columnist’s 1996 notebook, but then you remember that The Athletic, in its quest to destroy all print sports sections, did hire plenty of middle-aged white guys. One of those guys is Joe McDonald,…

Oh, Good, Now The Sports Media Is Slurping Up Elon Musk's Bullshit Oh, Good, Now The Sports Media Is Slurping Up Elon Musk's Bullshit

Go to any sports website today and you are likely to see a headline about Tesla founder Elon Musk’s brilliant new plan to alleviate traffic before and after Los Angeles Dodgers games. ESPN: “Elon Musk’s tunnel company aims to reduce Dodger Stadium traffic with ‘Dugout Loop.’” Sports Illustrated: “Elon Musk Proposes…

The Clippers Are Embarrassingly Thirsty For Kawhi Leonard The Clippers Are Embarrassingly Thirsty For Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard wasn’t happy to be in San Antonio. Now, he’s not happy to be in Toronto. Regardless of his feelings, he’ll be stuck in Canada for the foreseeable future on a year-long recruiting pitch, all while he’s seemingly got his sights set on his hometown of Los Angeles. As Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne…

Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops Meet The Reddit User Who Keeps Beating Powerful NBA Reporters To Scoops

On July 24, NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that Kevin Love had signed an extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. As is often the case, Wojnarowski was the first person on Twitter to report the news. But in the wider realm of the NBA internet, Wojnarowski’s tweet was stale. The week before, someone on…

SB Nation Is Paying Workers As Little As $3 Per Blog Post

What’s a fair amount for a billion-dollar company to pay a writer for reporting, writing, and publishing one post per day on the company’s website? Two posts per day? One post per week? Two posts per week? These are the questions Vox Media and SB Nation are batting back and forth as they grind their way, ever so slowly

How Is This Shit Legal How Is This Shit Legal

This past spring, Michael Ferro resigned as chairman of publicly traded media-looting hell-company Tronc, Inc., just ahead of the publication of sexual harassment allegations against him. As a parting gift, Tronc paid him $15 million, voluntarily bundling up the total value of a three-year consulting contract into one…

Weird-As-Hell USA Today Blog Reads Like Ad Copy For The Qatar World Cup Weird-As-Hell USA Today Blog Reads Like Ad Copy For The Qatar World Cup

We’re all in agreement that holding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar is a bad idea, right? Like, historically bad, since both the oppressive heat and the lack of infrastructure make the tournament such a logistical nightmare that it has to be played in December, with an entire city created from scratch to host the final.…

Bleacher Report Founder Wins Right To Put His Sweaty Hands All Over The Gawker Archives Bleacher Report Founder Wins Right To Put His Sweaty Hands All Over The Gawker Archives

The archives of our former sister site Gawker now belong to this goon. Bryan Goldberg, the founder of Bleacher Report, a sports site for idiots, and Bustle, the women’s site that assumes women are stupid, won the rights to the defunct Gawker.com in a bankruptcy auction today, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

They Aren't Your Friends They Aren't Your Friends

A good cover letter apparently should open with an anecdote that displays grit and character and perseverance; it should not just come right out and beg for it. Before I had the slightest idea about any of this, I’d lead with a story about interviewing actor and Deadspin commenter Jon Hamm as a mostly untrained…

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