NCAA vs. blogging
Time for another of those "we're in the 21st century now" reality checks -- and, no surprise, again it comes down to covering sports events.
In this case, a Louisville Courier Journal reporter's press credential was revoked and he was thrown out of the U of L stadium because he was filing blog posts to the newspaper's Web site during a super-regional baseball game.
"This is part of the evolution of how we present the news to our readers. It's what we did during the Orange Bowl. It's what we did during the NCAA basketball tournament. It's what we do," Executive Editor Bennie Ivory is quoted in the story.
OK, so here's a few questions for the NCAA: How many people do you think sat in the stands and text messaged what was happening to friends and family? How many do you think sent photos from their cell phones? Or are you planning to ban those from stadiums and frisk people as they come in?
(One of the comments on reporter Brian Bennett's blog: I blogged every inning from the third base bleachers using my cell phone for games #1 & #2. I watched yesterday's game on ESPN from my phone (while out running various errands) and blogged it as well.)
As one infamous sports announcer might say: "It's the new communications age, Baby. Time to get in the game, Baby."
Dan Gillmor has a suggestion:
And Howard Weaver, VP of news at McClatchy, weighs in in support of the Courier-Journal on McClatchy's blog for its editors and others to talk about news.
The paper is naturally challenging the NCAA’s right to do this, and should, because the collegiate association is being ridiculous.
But the paper should go much further. For one thing, it should go around the control freaks, and buy a ticket for a reporter and have him/her blog the game from the stands.
Then it should get the readers/fans involved. For example, the paper should ask readers to blog the game themselves, from TV sets or from the stands, or both — and then point to the best reader game-blogs.
This, of course, will infuriate the control freaks. They will try to clamp down even further before they realize that, unless they want to ban all digital devices from their arenas — another futile gesture — they’ll ultimately have to let people tell each other what is happening in something close to real time.