A lesson for sports reporters

  • Oct. 16, 2013 3:22 p.m.

What is the best way for a reporter to make his or her job much tougher than it should be?

Well, a reporter in Vancouver found out the answer to that question when he published a story on an issue which was so far from being a story it would have been a very expensive cab ride to get anywhere near to being a story.

While interviewing a San Jose Shark player this reporter, and others, heard Joe Thornton make a comment about a young rookie on his team who scored for goals in a game.

Joe announced how he would celebrate and while 99.9% of the room laughed or maybe cringed a bit, this one reporter thought he had the scoop of the year and proceeded to write a story about it.

The quote was gained during a scrum with another player and so all which had been said by others was off the record. A point which was missed completely by this reporter.

He claims to scribble out edgy pieces of editorial and was all over this like cling wrap on Thanksgiving leftovers.

This was not only not edgy, it was a complete waste of space in the paper which published it .

If you talk with any reporter you will find out just how many times a similar instance has happened in a sports team locker room and a story has not been published about the incident. This stuff happens all the time and goes unpublished as many times as the manuscripts Snoopy of Peanuts fame submits to editors.

The reporter defended his actions by assuming all the others would write about it and he didn’t want to be left out.

Well, there’s a good chance the next time he goes into the dressing room for an interview he might find himself left out or at least getting quotes as stale as week old bread.

When you burn a source by quoting them off the record the blaze will burn bright for quite awhile.

All this man had to do was usher Mr. Thornton off to the corner of the room and ask him to repeat his thoughts on a four goal celebration but this time on the record.

Then he has his story and it was gained in a simple and straightforward manner.

sports@reddeerexpress.com

Just Posted

Red Deer Lights the Night gets residents into the holiday spirit

Free winter festival is on Saturday, Nov. 17th from 4 to 7 p.m.

Rebels Forward Brandon Hagel signs deal with Chicago Blackhawks

Alexeyev, Anders make Player and Goalie of the Week in October and early November

Dean Brody heads to Red Deer with stripped down, acoustic show

Dirt Road Stories tour offers a kitchen party lodge-type experience

Jesse Todd hat trick leads Lacombe Generals over Innisfail

6-5 victory puts Lacombe in first place heading into Rosetown matchup

WATCH: Red Deerians gather for Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day 2018 marks the 100th year anniversary of the end of World War I.

WATCH: Remembrance Day in Lacombe fills LMC

2018 marked 100 years since the end of First World War

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Carjacking sees 76 year old woman’s vehicle stolen

Wetaskiwin RCMP with Crime Reduction Unit charge robbery suspects

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

Calgarians head to the polls to declare ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ on Winter Games

The question “are you for or are you against hosting the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games?” was to be posed to them Tuesday in a plebiscite to help determine whether the city should move ahead with a bid.

Most Read