Sports Coverage: Swimming in Slip-ups

October 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As corruption in university athletic programs continues to grow, so does the “scandal beat.”

In an analysis published in the Columbia Journalism Review this October, reporter Daniel Libit reviews the policies of amateur athletics and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), while asking sports journalists, “is the ‘scandal beat’, with its singular focus on busting rule-breakers, paving the way to reform or helping to block the way?”

Libit details the recent infractions of Big Ten college football powerhouse Ohio State University (OSU), dinged last year by the NCAA for violations suggesting OSU players had accepted tattoos in exchange for game-worn memorabilia. The ensuing drama that unfolded around the team became a hot topic for sports reporters nationwide due to the implied involvement of squeaky clean head coach Jim Tressel and star quarterback Terrell Pryor. Read more

The Little Difference

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Since the publication of Wikileaks’ latest wave of documents, the world seems to be spinning upside down.

Not only has the U.S. diplomacy been snubbed, but the Wikileaks servers along with those of mega companies like Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and eBay have been paralyzed. At least everyone now has a sense of what a cyber-war might look like once several sides are engaged. And any amount of reflection should lead us to understand that the Wikileaks Read more