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Free advice for sports journalists: Focus on local coverage

by Chris Thilk, posted Aug 18th 2006 2:34PM
Local TV sportscasters are apparently feeling increasingly marginalized. With national networks such as ESPN covering national teams, and sometimes doing a better job of it because they're a national network, a number of local sports folks see themselves being squeezed out in the near future. Steve Safran at LostRemote has some advice for those concerned about their future: Go local. Play up the local teams and, when you do cover the big leagues, do it as an actual reporter and not a stenographer. I think that's a fantastic idea. Here in Chicago there are a number of local minor-league and semi-pro teams that get ignored by ESPN but which would be perfect for local stations to cover. And as some of the comments on Steve's post say, there's also plenty of room for them on the internet if they think they're not getting the camera time.

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