Evolution of Sports Journalism

Because sports fans no longer have to wait until the morning after to read the box score or the game story, and the emergence of social media has all but torn down the fourth wall, the content that occupies the sports page is continually under construction. Compounding this is the rise of new analytical tools that can provide new insights for journalists. Panelists will discuss how (and if) a traditional journalist can maintain integrity and some distance from just anyone with an internet connection and blog, and how the athletes have completely disrupted the process by taking the story-telling into their own hands. They will talk about how new technologies and analytical tools like VR headsets and Statcast are revolutionizing breaking news and storytelling. And they will debate the future of storytelling in an arena that once relied on personal relationships that now can be reduced to 140 impulsive characters or a grudgingly provided soundbite.

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