The English Premiership is without a doubt the most popular football league in the world. Some of the biggest transfer rumours come from this league as it is home not only to some of the world’s best talents such as Wayne Rooney, Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas but also has teams with the longest history. Clubs such as Manchester United and Liverpool are known in every corner of the world and have history stretching back over 100 years.
While it is common for football players to be in the limelight on the sports pages, nowadays these same players are also getting the front page treatment due to their relationships with many entertainers. The daily newspapers have been the traditional source of information for news about football players and clubs but increasing fans are turning to online sources when it comes to the latest gossips.
No matter which football club you support from Manchester United to Newcastle United FC, the Internet has replace tabloids and broadsheets as the default source for the latest in football news and gossips Sherry Dyson . Each club will surely have an official site and most of the well supported clubs have dozens of unofficial websites dedicated to the club. Some supporters have also set up blogs mainly to report the latest happenings in the club and the players’ lives. By visiting these blogs and website, you can be assure of the latest news, well ahead of what’s being reported in the daily media which is traditionally a day late with their news. Some of the more popular football news websites include Premiershiptalk.com, football.co.uk and football-talk.co.uk.
When there is a breaking news of a major story regarding a club or a player, you can be sure that the online news sources will have the latest well before the morning newspaper. For example, during the latest transfer window, the successful transfers of Fernando Torres to Chelsea and Luiz Suarez and Andy Carroll to Liverpool were only completed just before midnight. Although you could have read all about it in the morning newspapers, the online sources had already written many columns and comments pieces regarding the issue that what you would be reading in the morning paper are all rehashed versions of the same news.
The recent shuttering of the print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and the transference of that newspaper to an exclusively online version, is a first for a large daily newspaper in North America, if not the world. All eyes will be watching to see how the paper maintains its relevancy and viability in an exclusively electronic format.
Despite the loss of jobs at the S P-I and other publications that are downsizing or closing down, this is a pivotal time for the newspaper industry. I think we’re on the cusp of something new and innovative here, and I’m thrilled to be a spectator as this monumental shift unfolds.
One initial observation about the continuous layoffs of reporters at daily newspapers: There are a lot more freelance writers plying their trade today than there were a year ago, and there will be a lot more in the years to come. If you’re looking to hire a freelance writer, you needn’t look very far.
Since newspapers began putting their content online 15 years ago, the business model has been to provide that content for free. Online viewers haven’t been willing to pay for news stories and columns over the Internet, as was proven by the New York Times, which tried to introduce a “paid” premium service a few years ago. The idea didn’t fly, and the Times soon reverted back to publishing the news online for free.
The most well-known exception to that has been the Wall Street Journal, which has charged a fee for its online edition since its web site was first launched. Rupert Murdock, the current owner of the WSJ, has hinted that the influential WSJ may move to a free online format some day, but it hasn’t happened yet (Note: I rarely have a problem accessing WSJ stories for free online).
As more newspapers begin to follow the Seattle Post-Intelligencer model, it will be interesting to see how news coverage is affected. Will investigative journalism lose sway to opinions and hearsay? Will the interests of ordinary citizens be less served with the loss of a daily newspaper?
It would appear, at first glance, that with fewer journalists covering the political and business beats, that the public will be deprived of the vigorous reporting that is necessary to keep citizens adequately informed.
But the old adage ‘nature abhors a vacuum’ comes to mind when I try to envisage the future of newspapers and journalism in a non-print, digitized, Internet-only world. I think that the news coverage vacuum in this case will be swiftly filled by bloggers, citizen journalists and other interested parties, some of whom will get paid for providing content and others who will report for the sheer pleasure of reporting.
This assumes a great deal. It assumes that anybody with a computer and an Internet connection can be a working journalist. It isn’t so. Writing – good writing – requires years of practice, dedication, and a measure of talent. Good journalism requires proper education, sharp interviewing skills, and years of practice.
But the law of averages will come into play here. With so many people writing and blogging, more voices will become part of the fray. From those many new voices will emerge a few talented and respected voices that will become the de facto authorities for their areas of coverage. In other words, the cream of the writing pool will rise to the top.
You’re already seeing some of that today. There are serious bloggers writing about business, politics, technology, sports, entertainment and lifestyle subjects. Some of the most popular bloggers writing today – such as technology writer Jeff Jarvis and political commentator Michelle Malkin – are widely followed, and their opinions are highly influential.