Tuesday, November 24, 2015

“Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be sports reporters.”

Star technology reporter Raju Mudhar on the sports TV layoffs: (excerpt)
It has been a bad month for sports media in terms of jobs losses, cuts and devastating personal stories about the changing nature of the business. Here at home, the news centred on Bell Media, which shed 380 jobs last week — 270 in Toronto — and the headlines were about some of the well-known personalities who are out looking for work, but many long-time behind-the-scenes staff were affected.
TSN was hit hard, although it’s been difficult to ascertain if it was more or less proportional than other departments.
A month ago, ESPN did the same with many of its production staff. As well, most of the U.S. sports media is sharing a Jeff Bradley blog post detailing his life after being let go as the baseball reporter at the Newark Star-Ledger in 2013. He’s freelancing and working as an attendant at a golf club, and his post has resonated, with an Ed Sherman follow-up on Poynter, a journalism organization, garnering several similar stories.
There was also a column from the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University basically saying “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be sports reporters.” Actually, it advises to go get your MBA or law degree and try to work for a team if you really want to work in sports.
The full column
 (Maybe he should have expanded it to all reporters? - ed.)

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