ESPN "Outside the Lines" sets questionable example for journalists and reporters

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Jan. 4, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; ESPN logo prior to the 2011 Sugar Bowl between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

When I began writing for Who Dat Dish a little over a year ago, thoughts began forming of one day being featured in a mainstream publication or network like ESPN .  However, as of late, I began to question if the right example is being set by such establishments.

While I always loved to write, putting my thoughts together for doing sports journalism or articles was something I was new to.  I knew I had to find a base or a catalyst to work with to begin.

Like a new chef, you have your idea of what food you want to prepare, you’re just not sure of how to align all the ingredients.  So how do you get started, you watch how other chefs prepare their dishes and mix and match the style that suits you.

I looked at how local media covered sports and the other teams like the New Orleans Saints while also watching nationally televised programs like ESPN, NFL Network, etc.

I’ve been fortunate enough to make contact with a few local sports journalists and reporters who I can ask advice from on time to time.  We don’t hang out at barbeque’s or anything of that nature but you catch my drift.

Some of the best pieces of advice I’ve received have been:  write with passion, but don’t be emotional(can lead to you having your own agenda or doing someone else’s) and don’t be a complete “homer”, but be fair and honest with the team or subject you cover(it’s a hard one for die-hard Saints fans).

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