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Can Whitlock Coach the Undefeated Team?

Can Whitlock Coach the Undefeated Team?

It’s an oversimplification worth heeding: Journalists should never be in charge of anything. Don’t ever say to a columnist, “If you’re so smart, why don’t you do something other than criticize?” Too risky. We can organize words, sentences and paragraphs into an article. Beyond that, we struggle to organize a BLT sandwich. Kidding, mainly, but […]

The Shame in Our Game

The Shame in Our Game

So perhaps West Virginia freshman Daxter Miles Jr. was not too smart in calling out Kentucky before their Sweet 16 game last night.  Predicting a Mountaineers victory was preferable to pre-signaling defeat. But to claim the Wildcats “don’t play hard” might have been reckless. But the media’s post-Daxter takedown on Twitter following Kentucky’s 78-39 double-down […]

O’Really, Mother Jones?

O’Really, Mother Jones?

Please forgive a topic unrelated to sports, but the recent Mother Jones article about Bill O’Reilly’s supposed wartime exaggerations deserves comment. It is more a demonstration of the absurdity of 2015-era media than a serious ethical discussion. A couple of weeks after Brian Williams was suspended by NBC because of misrepresentations about his Iraq War […]

Cole Position: Former Auburn center Cole Cubelic is on the verge of breaking it in big in sports media

Cole Position: Former Auburn center Cole Cubelic is on the verge of breaking it in big in sports media

It’s been said that you shouldn’t find a career — a career should find you.  If that’s the case, opportunity is chasing down Cole Cubelic on many fronts. The former Auburn football player is on the verge. Through his daily radio show, his appearances on Paul Finebaum, his far-too-sporadic live game broadcasts, his football analysis for […]

Media Daze

Media Daze

Disclosure: Auburn journalism faculty member and season ticket holder here. You can judge from this and other writing if I live up to my claim of promoting responsible journalism over fandom. Coach Gus Malzahn’s decision to remove quarterback Nick Marshall from Auburn’s SEC Media Days roster met with much disappointment. The decision came after Marshall […]

The Ethics of Everything, All the Time

The Ethics of Everything, All the Time

This go-round, John Carvalho looks at how sports journalism ethics have changed as technology has changed.  You can offer your thoughts as sports content readers below as well, and John will respond as appropriate.  He promises to behave too. See if you can guess which ESPN personality made the following statement: “[The] principles and the […]

Real Professors of Auburn University

Real Professors of Auburn University

The origins of those national headlines about A.J. McCarron and Katherine Webb’s wedding being a reality show?  My 2 p.m. Reporting class, I suspect. And once it broke, it left me thinking about the ethics of being a university journalism professor — when to break news and when to hold it back. First, some background. […]

Columnists: They write and rant, but are they right to root?

Columnists: They write and rant, but are they right to root?

Last week, Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy laid it down for Boston sports fans in a column titled, “Your Sports Columnist Is Here to Write, Not to Root.” (Read it quick; Globe links have a shorter life than fruit flies.) In the column, Shaughnessy makes the following statement about Boston sports teams: “I don’t care if they win. I don’t care […]

Iron Bowl Journalism, Part 2: The Bad

Iron Bowl Journalism, Part 2: The Bad

Part 1. Thank goodness there was not as much bad as there was good, in my opinion.  I will present only two examples — because they are examples of not only bad journalism (in my opinion), but also bad trends. Here is the obvious disclaimer of being an Auburn fan and faculty member.  I am […]

Iron Bowl Journalism: Who Scored and Who Missed the Play

Iron Bowl Journalism: Who Scored and Who Missed the Play

When Chris Davis turned the corner and found open field, he not only ran his way into college football history.  He also set off a media rave that extended nationwide. For those of us who were at the Iron Bowl on either side, the result is only half the stun.  Almost as amazing is the […]

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