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ONA & SPJ Seattle Meetup - Sports coverage in the digital age

Tim Tebow, "Linsanity" and "bountygate." The impact of social media and blogging in sports coverage been as dramatic in the past few years as any other area. Sites like SBNation and Bleacher Report have crashed a party that for decades was limited to traditional beat reporters with official credentials. ESPN has grown its global dominance in the digital world. Locally, independent blogs and startups like SportsPressNW have changed the landscape.

Join ESPN blogger and former News Tribune beat write Mike Sando and former P-I columnist Art Thiel of SportsPressNW for the next ONA & SPJ Seattle meetup Tuesday, May 22, 7 p.m. at Jillian's, where they’ll discuss the coverage of sports and sporting events in the digital age and how it has influenced media and culture as we know it today. Former P-I columnist Jim Moore will moderate the discussion. Former P-I columnist Jim Moore will moderate the discussion.

This is our eighth in a series of #Newsnext meetups, where we're talking to interesting locals working in the digital space. We bring together writers, editors, photographers, producers, developers, designers, engineers and anyone else with an interest in the production of news. We’ll meet at Jillian’s on Westlake, which offers a cash bar and some great space for discussion and networking.


Tiffany, Mark, Monica and Paul


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  • Jason C.

    Great insight. Wish there could have been more time to discuss the business of sports journalism from Art.

    May 23, 2012

  • Lisa C.

    It was an interesting discussion

    May 23, 2012

  • Matt

    It was ... OK. You had a couple of guys up there who seemed a bit unfamiliar with the topic at hand and instead spent a lot of time rambling. It lost the audience and was disappointing because I had high hopes for this session. In the end, it felt more like a sports radio talk show than an earnest discussion about a very interesting topic. I'm guessing this one will rank a bit low on the scale, but I hope this doesn't mean ONA & SPJ will abandon similar sessions in the future. There are remarkable things going on in the world of online sports reporting and it would be fun to have a panel discussion on that - but maybe with some folks who are a little more versed in the subject.

    May 23, 2012

  • Taylor S.

    Really interesting talk. Thanks for putting it on. Maybe it would be a good idea to allow attendees to submit questions beforehand and include them on the list that Mark had given Art, Mike and Jim. Also, it'd be nice to have a projector so we could see visual examples of what we were talking about.

    May 23, 2012

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