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The Day Journalism Wasn’t Dead aka The New Landscape

This quote was taken from a snippet on TSN 1040’s afternoon show on Tuesday. There was a separate poll question that sort of accompanied that on Twitter which also was pretty interesting at first sight:

It doesn’t exactly scream “Video Killed the Radio Star” but in the wake of a changing landscape in the media realm, this question was raised and it definitely irked a few people. First of all, conventional journalism isn’t dead, is it dying, possibly. A big problem many perceive to be happening is that people aren’t picking up a hard copy of a newspaper which means businesses are pulling ad revenue away from a once dedicated medium.

As social media has become the new way readers digest information, many journalists, writers, and content providers have adapted to this change and are changing themselves to stay relevant. It’s not exactly a new idea. Having a new voice that happens to be a “blogger” isn’t a terrible thing either. It’s challenging some of the media members to stay honest.

I wasn’t around when radio came out but I can only imagine newspaper companies were worried because the news that was read the next morning would be available as soon as someone could get it on the air. Same can be said for television, the Internet and so on. It’s a true shame that newspapers have lost their luster and many of the writers that gave us great takes, articles, thought pieces have been phased out because the paper buys just aren’t there.

Reading the local writers, national scribes and even the likes of Ken Rosenthal of MLB fame in the United States in a paper or even on a website has started to dissolve to video clips that just don’t intrigue the way the written word captures the imagination. Someone like Jason Botchford of The Province and the connecting online media channels has found a way to stay more than relevant with a feature like The Provies after Canucks games.

Everyone loves that bonus content and the feature inserts in the newspaper used to provide that but the Internet can do it so much better so why not embrace it? Maybe that’s easier said than done. Growing up as the Internet and the technology that delivers it has evolved has made it easier for the wait for it… MILLENNIALS to adapt but the ones providing the content aren’t necessarily the ones that know how to reach that same audience online.

Hopefully, the demand for more online written content grows and brings some of the writers back that had to forfeit their jobs because video took over. Botch is one of my relevant reads and I know there are plenty of other respected writers that I would read in passing in the paper back in the day when the almighty newspaper gave me as much of the information as was available until the online world opened up.

Unfortunately, we all want information as quickly as it’s available and somehow we’ve been gifted 90% of it for free. We used to pay for music and movies and then Napster, Limewire and torrent sites came out and for the longest time, no one had to pay for them. Itunes and a variety of other outlets took the power back and dare I say, made it cool, to pay for music again. Digital downloads were included with new DVD/Blu-ray purchases so everyone could have their content wherever they want.

Maybe that’s a conversation for another day but if we all want great content, these guys and girls do this for a living and need to be paid; if it’s all free eventually they’re out of jobs. That’s when journalism dies. There are sites that operate by paid subscriptions and if the big papers did what sites like The Athletic and many fantasy sports sites have done, the content we all crave would continue to flow from more voices that created the landscape we enjoy today.

Now the blogger argument is sort of old because many feel the stories and content on a lot of the sites are click bait or just help get retweets for that guy in his parent’s basement. It’s beyond that and it needs to stop.

Growing up, if I would have been told that this thing called the Internet would allow me to have a voice that even one person I didn’t know was interested in, I would have been thrilled. The beautiful thing about having an online presence is that if it’s a bad article/take/comment, you’ll hear about it. I imagine this post may fall on deaf ears but the fact I get to have an opinion on this is worth it to me.

Conventional journalism has taken a turn but it’s not the blogger’s fault or some random local website. Information is available instantly and as long as the powers that be continue to deliver that information at a moments notice, including sports radio, podcasts, and social media, the landscape will continue to change.

 

photo – youthtimes.com

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Being Willie Desjardins Must Be Hard

I really don’t know how Willie Desjardins has a job some days and others, I applaud him for taking the crap that he does. Visually, he gives off a pretty inconsistent vibe when he’s on the bench; he’s angry at times, twitchy and that patented Willie smile just makes it all go away. Oh, I forgot about the confused face. Most of these don’t even register on the “Real Good Scale” but man, it must be hard to be Willie. Two seasons in and people are already calling for his head.

Just another Thursday I guess.

The line deployments have been beaten to death online and on TSN 1040 but it’s beyond me why guys like Derek Dorsett, Brandon Prust, Matt Bartkowski and even Luca Sbisa are out there to play down important shifts after a TV time out, the final minute or less of a game or a defensive zone face off that easily could have Jared McCann or Bo Horvat up there…or heck, why not the top center on our team, the Captain Henrik Sedin?

Is it a case of #pretank or #tankcurrentday, possibly. You would think having the best possible line out during important moments would be smart but if its a case of resting the top players, that’s just not right.

There are many things that anger us about our coach but he has seen past our comments and criticisms and has quietly developed some great players, he actually has. Sven Baertschi was on his last straw but Willie gave him another shot, but with Bo and now they are quickly becoming a line that can’t be contained.

Anyone see that coming? Were you willing to wait? I wasn’t.

It is still pretty confusing to see how he uses Vancouver’s goalies. It’s pretty clear Miller and Markstrom are dueling bandoliers lately and with the amount of shots they seem to face, it MIGHT be a smart idea to spread those starts out, just sayin.

All these decisions have brought the angry mobs out of the word work yet again and two seasons in and Willie is on the block already? What’s warranted that? He has Henrik and Daniel Sedin, some developing talent and a GM who isn’t exactly taking the world by storm.

Jim Benning is the guy that deserves a bit more of the criticism not Willie. Go up and down the roster and there isn’t anything that screams playoff contender.

When Henrik and Daniel celebrate their 37th birthday, there might not be much left that they can do and if Benning doesn’t set the Canucks up with a coachable, winnable roster, then Willie Desjardins is by far not the biggest concern.

Many of us thought goaltending was still a problem, its the D in front of them that seems to be the red light issue. If Alex Edler was still in 2010 or his sticks didn’t break for starters, that would be one less guy that we have to worry about; or how bout Matt Bartkowski, seriously why is he here? I could even make a case for why Luca Sbisa shouldn’t be here but I’m willing to wait him out a bit more.

Risky, I know.

The future does look bright though and hooray for Willie’s steady use of Ben Hutton and Chris Tanev. It would help if Benning added some more talent back there or even players that would keep the puck from going into the Canucks zone if Vancouver had possession more.

Tough to say how the season shakes out and if Willie gets kicked to the curb and maybe Travis Green gets the nod, who knows?

What we do know is that there’s no way his job can be easy and I’m willing to see how he makes this work with what he has. There was a time when all we had was Luongo….seriously.

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