One of the problems (from my vantage point) is that ANYONE can think they are a journalist - a website can be acquired easily, and good web-developers are a dime-a-dozen (great ones, of course, are rare). The digital media age - I tell students it is the “age of interruption” - rewards those who report something first, even if its low-quality journalism, and even if its wrong! They then become part of the news, which is not the purpose (but it happens).
The hard-work journalism is what we are paying for here. I can get scores, highlights, etc., from about anywhere. It only requires an internet connection and a working computer. Sometimes, if the Hogs’ team is playing well, TV stations provide enough coverage for me to “get by.” I pay for the hard work, the investigation, the relationship building, that is required of good (of real) journalism.
Clay’s inheritance includes the connections from OH as well as Bill Connor. He has added liberally to the inheritance. Those in Clay’s orbit benefit, but they certainly bring their own hard-work connections to my browser. Dudley and Richard have worked HARD to develop relationships (ugh, with high school athletes, that HAS to be trying at times) and they reward us as readers as much as they reward the recruits. Some of those recruits sound like professional orators due to savvy writing.
Matt, Scotty, etc., do that as well. They find their niche. They work that niche.
WIthin Arkansas’ orbit of fandom you don’t have to look hard, or far, to find shallow “journalism”. We sometimes refer to it as “clickbait” - it is more style than substance. It is not built for enduring relationships with the subjects of the reporting (or with readers).
The last 14 months have challenged “journalists” who did their job poorly before, or faked their way through it, or built it on style not substance. The pandemic required hard work, and some relationships to exist between writer and subject. For much of the past 14 months we saw faux “experts” and faux “reporters” trying to get our attention. Just because you call yourself a “doctor” doesn’t make you a doctor. Instead, it requires doing the hard work. Posting a youtube video is easy; being a doctor is a tad bit harder.
Thanks, Clay and Co.