The impact of social media on sports journalism

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

As we prepare for the new NFL league year, which officially starts March 17, the league will continue to follow the current Covid-19 protocols put into place in 2020, holding all NFL team meetings and press conferences virtually. Beat writers and major network journalists are limited to virtual interviews only, bringing the importance of social media platforms to a whole new level.

As we continue to face challenges due to the 2020 pandemic, the one thing that has become crystal clear is every sports super fan has started a sports podcast and sports page. So what (if any) impact does this have on those that spent their lives working and earning sports journalist degrees?  I reached out to two sports journalists and asked them each the same question. One is from the good old print-only days, while the other is a little younger but can still remember newspapers.

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How To Become An NFL Fan

By Liz Panucci // @ourturffb

Have you often wondered what the hype is all about? Do friends disappear from your life a few months every fall? Is it coincidence? That’s when the NFL season starts.

Well, we are here to help! Below are quick steps to get you feeling comfortable during the NFL season, which kicks off Thursday, September 7 and ends the season with the final BIG game, Super Bowl, happening February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Do you live in a city that has an NFL team? If so, being a ‘homer’ is the best choice.

If not, do you have a favorite city out of the 32 NFL teams? Then choose that team.

Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Buffalo, Carolina (Charlotte), Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles (has 2 teams), Miami, Minnesota (Minneapolis), New England (Boston), New Orleans, New York (has 2 teams), Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa Bay, Tennessee (Nashville), Washington (DC)

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My Message to Young Players Aspiring to be in the NFL

Official Denver Broncos Reporter

By Julie Dixon @ABroncoNole

Social media gives us a glimpse into the human condition and the heartbeat of morality. This can be both a useful tool and a frightening one when used to further an agenda.

As America is bombarded with a message of tolerance, social media gives us the reverse. We see how perceptions of people can be shaped through a few sentences. Their character and lives summed up and judged. A life story in 140.

Look at the cases of Peyton Manning, Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Jameis Winston and Joe Mixon.

Each of these men were seen one way until social media stepped in and turned it. Manning was Mr. All-American, squeaky clean and everyone’s favorite player. An incident from another century and a gross invasion of his privacy became front page news.

Depending on your world view, he’s either a saint or a sinner with little in between. The media often omitted many details to his story to further their agenda. Facts ignored. History ignored. Laws and privacy be damned.

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