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..