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GET BUSY LIVING OR GET BUSY DYING

chronicle

Like most every other newspaper in the country, the San Francisco Chronicle fears change. Despite “losing millions of dollars and thousands of readers every year” the newspaper is planning change; slow, tempered, thoughtful change.

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JOURNALISM, THE WAY IT SHOULD BE

murrow

For the longest time I've had this vision in my head; a vision of how journalism should look, smell, feel and taste in the 21st century.

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VOICES PODCAST: DAVE GOREN

goren

Dave Goren is the Executive Director for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association & Hall of Fame (NSSA). On this episode of Voices, Goren aanounces the winners of the 2013 National Sportswriter and National Sportscaster of the Year Award.

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WHEN SPORTS JOURNALISTS LIE

freeman

This week I read the "inside story" of how the NFL's plan for its first openly gay player fell apart. The story came with a short disclaimer about the reporting. It said:

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HYPOCRITE OR CHANGE OF HEART?

reilly

The columns were written two decades apart, for two different media outlets: Sports Illustrated and, more recently, ESPN. The subject matter was the same: sports nicknames and racial slurs. The stories were written by the same person, I think, but the messages are different.

Is Rick Reilly a hypocrite or has he had a change of heart?

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HIS NAME IS OLBERMANN, KEITH OLBERMANN

Keith Olbermann

His name is Olbermann, Keith Olbermann. If you’re a sports fan you already know that sports media fact. You also know Olbermann’s public and professional persona has led to some ugly name-calling. Over the years, columnists, fans and colleagues have added some colorful adjectives to describe the Olbermann brand.

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OMALU ON NFL: ‘THEY’LL SQUASH YOU’

concussion

There are two types of lies: one, the unknowing lie, sometimes described as willful ignorance. It occurs when a person speaks unknowingly about a subject or event. There's no malice or intent, it's just a simple mistake. Two, the intentional lie; when someone knowingly and intentionally misleads another.

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VIDEO: KEN BURNS ON ‘STORY’

Ken Burns

In the late 1970s there was an advertising campaign for the brokerage firm E.F. Hutton that featured the tag line, "When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen ..." That's what happens to me when I see filmmaker Ken Burns. Make no mistake, I am no Ken Burns; nor am I a filmmaker. What we do have in common is a passion for storytelling -- and baseball.

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THE BUCK STOPS HERE

Joe Buck

Joe Buck deleted his Twitter account last May. I finally understood why in October.

In an interview with The Big Lead last week, Buck offered this explanation:

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SCULLY EXTENSION TRUMPS BLOCKBUSTER TRADE

vin

Years from now Los Angeles Dodger fans will remember this past weekend -- the final weekend of August 2012 -- fondly. The headline will be written as the day the Dodgers acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford. Fair enough.

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