How Twitter changed sports and the media

In the modern era, sports fans can follow and connect with their favorite athletes more than ever on social media.

In turn, Twitter has changed the world of sports forever, for good and bad.

Athletes use Twitter to influence their fans or to land themselves in hot water.

For example, Detroit Lion’s wide receiver Nate Burelson is the vocal leader for the Lions on the field and the web.

Recently, Burleson tweeted that every pass he drops in the 2013 season he would donate $100 to Detroit elementary schools.

A great use of Twitter to gain support from Lions and NFL fans from across the country.

Unfortunately, following his break out game against the Chicago Bears in week four, Burleson was involved in a car accident that broke his arm.

Alcohol or drugs were not involved in the accident; but pizza was.

Burelson took to Twitter again, showing his sense of humor, and tweeted a photo of the accident and pizza in the car.

Burleson uses Twitter to show his fans his vibrant personality.

However, many athletes use Twitter in a negative way.

No stranger to the headlines, former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, has been fined numerous times in his flashy NFL career.

Ochocinco has been fined for tweeting prior to games and even at halftime of games.

Although it was funny to see these tweets; the last thing a owner wants to see is tweeting and not playing.

Social media has also dramatically changed the world of sports media.

For example, on sports programs use Twitter to interact with viewers.

Fans can use #SCtop10 to vote for their favorite plays of the week; and may even find their twitter handle on live television.

In conclusion, Twitter has advanced sports into the modern era and has made viewing and discussing sports more enjoyable for fans.

At the same time, it takes away from the traditional aspect of the game that many old school sports fans hate to see go.

 

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Journalists Have New Competition, Robots

Why pursue a career in a dying profession?

A fair but unsettling question every twentry-something aspirimg journalist is asked at least once in their early undergraduate careers.

In the modern era of technology, the days when newspapers were the mains source of spreading the news to the masses seems prehistoric to the modern journalist.

With the emergence of social media, news travels from person to person in mere seconds.

It’s evident to be successful journalist in the modern era you must be an exceptional writer and have a wide range of skills.

Journalists will also  be pitted against some of the best and brightest college grads in a very slim job pool.

However, I’m sure many young journalists didn’t think they would be competing for a job against a robot.

Yes, a robot.

A robot, with automated software, was engineered to turn baseball statistics into readable facts.

The results were dry but the robots facts were accurate and to the point.

One question stands: is the future of sports journalism in jeopardy?

I don’t believe so, the robot’s writing was factual but it lacked, for better words, a human element.

Sports reporting is about putting the reader into the grand stands at the game and getting inside access to the players and coaches thoughts and personalities.

Not spewing out statistics that can be google searched in seconds.

Successful sports reporters like Detroit’s own Mitch Albom draw readers in with creative leads and use their expertise to describe the implications of the game or upcoming series.

What were Jim Leyland’s thought as he puffed on a cigarette after a tight AL Central match up in the midst of a Pennant race?

How is Miguel Cabrera feeling after re-tweeking his hip?

This is what readers seek, the inside details behind the game, not just stats.

Although the robot’s feat is undeniabely brilliant.

I think sports reporters will continue to keep followers updated with their tweets and columns for now.

Until a more impressive software is created..