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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 […]

Matters of Conscience vs. Matters of Law: Auburn professor John Carvalho on Thayer Evans and Old-School Carpet Bomb Journalism

Matters of Conscience vs. Matters of Law: Auburn professor John Carvalho on Thayer Evans and Old-School Carpet Bomb Journalism

It seems that as soon as the first part of Sports Illustrated’s series on the Oklahoma State football program was released, the criticism began. And quickly following the criticism were the SI defenders. In defending SI, they assured everyone that the articles were well-vetted and legally in the clear. In today’s media climate, the SI approach to defending its […]

Auburn is writing its own stories

Auburn is writing its own stories

The Auburn Athletic Department’s hiring of former Birmingham News sportswriter Charles Goldberg and former Huntsville Times/AuburnUndercover writer Phillip Marshall was a surprise. The trend, however, is nothing new. Many major college athletic departments are doing the same thing. Having relied on newspapers and Web sites in the past, they are taking their messages straight to […]

The New Physics of Finebaum

The New Physics of Finebaum

We can be grateful that Paul Finebaum did not announce his move to SEC with a LeBron James-style “The Decision” hourlong broadcast.  But his announcement that he is taking his talents to Charlotte was surprising mainly because it revealed the strength of his brand. ESPN announced that Finebaum will host a daily radio call-in show on its […]

Selena and Auburn

Selena and Auburn

When the Roopstigo story by Selena Roberts hit on Wednesday, I was busy getting ready for a 6 p.m. Sports, Media, and Culture graduate class.  While we did talk about it a little, mainly we talked about research on sports talk radio and social media.  Not as exciting, but it’s what the State of Alabama […]

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