WASHINGTON – Sports reporting is one of the first jobs in journalism where multiple mediums were expected out of a reporter’s daily product. Even years ago, when the black and white scores arrived folded on fan’s doorstep, they could likely hear their favorite writer on the radio every now and again.
Mark Zuckerman was that reporter. His career started in print, and he became well-known by fans in Washington writing for The Washington Times. His career took an interesting turn in 2010 when the Times collapsed its sports department and Zuckerman found himself asking fans to support his work covering the Washington Nationals spring training.
After an unexpected outpouring of financial support from his readers, Zuckerman launched NatsInsider.com and became one of the few reporters to successfully pull-off a paywall. Now, Zuckerman reports for Comcast Sports Network where he still covers the same team, but in a very different way than he did when his career began.
|Read a transcript of our interview with Ben Raby & Mark Zuckerman.|
“Yeah, it’s in a lot of different ways. First and foremost is the immediacy of it. I remember writing for a newspaper and something happens early in the day, ‘Well, I have all day to work on that story. I’ll file it at the end of the day and it will appear the newspaper the next day. Nobody’s going to read it until then.’ Now, [when] something happens, I’d better be posting that somewhere immediately, whether it’s Twitter or ultimately on the blog or on the website, because people want to read this immediately. And, it’s changing. It’s evolving over the course of a day,” Zuckerman said.
Ben Raby, who covers the Washington Capitals, works in radio, television and reports online. When Raby’s career began, he was exposed to a number of different mediums. But, he couldn’t decide which he liked most.
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