Dan Jenkins Has a Heavy Dose of Opinion on Golf, Twitter, and Tiger

Come the first week of April, writer Dan Jenkins will be at the Augusta National Golf Club covering the Masters. It will be his sixty-fifth visit to the major tournament, a world record that will stand the test of time like Jack Nicklaus winning the 1986 Masters at the ripe old age of forty-six. Jenkins is as bedrock… » 3/23/15 4:16pm 3/23/15 4:16pm

​The Worst American Sportswriting Of 2014

Sportswriting as an enterprise is doing just fine, and there are any number of fine year-end wrap-ups celebrating the best work by the best people in our profession. But where's the fun in that? Here, in no particular order, are the worst sports things we read this year, every one of them special in its own particular… » 12/31/14 2:01pm 12/31/14 2:01pm

Alleged Rapist Bill Cosby Bullies Reporter, Explains How Life Works

The problem with most conspiracy theories about how the media works is that they assume power exerts itself overtly. The truth is that it doesn't have to. Journalists are rarely told by powerful or influential people not to cover certain stories; they usually simply decline to cover them out of a variety of motives,… » 11/20/14 10:46am 11/20/14 10:46am

Former MLS Reporter: Team Pushed To Get Me Fired

The Colorado Rapids are slouching toward the end of a dispiriting season, and because this is how sports work, fans are wondering whom should be blamed. Last week, one of them asked MLSsoccer.com Rapids beat reporter Chris Bianchi for his opinion. Here's how he responded: » 10/20/14 12:36pm 10/20/14 12:36pm

Pumpkin Fest Lady, TV Reporter Wrestle Over Mic Live On Air

Independent journalist Jared Goodell covered the riots (along with other events) at this year's Pumpkin Fest in Keene, N.H., and at one point during his broadcast, festival organizer Ruth Sterling tried to cut him off in attempt to let everyone know that all was well. Witness the symbolism of BIG PUMPKIN FEST… » 10/20/14 11:39am 10/20/14 11:39am

It's been 20 years since The Last Shot, Darcy Frey's stone classic on Coney Island hoops, was published. In a very nice piece, Amos Barshad catches up with Frey and the book's surviving principals, exploring not only the reporting process but the book's continuing effects on their lives. [Grantland] » 5/14/14 5:42pm 5/14/14 5:42pm

Shut Up About "Clickbait"

Ninety-two years ago, a 34-year-old Chicago man named Joseph Wozniak woke up missing one of his balls, which had been surgically removed by hoodlums. » 3/26/14 4:13pm 3/26/14 4:13pm

Dodgers PR Boss Says MLB.com Writers Spin News The Way Teams Want

Speaking at a PR conference in Sydney, Australia—where he may not have expected word to get back to the States—Dodgers Public Relations Director Joe Jareck had some interesting things to say about how the team likes to disseminate its news: » 3/20/14 3:01pm 3/20/14 3:01pm

ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte calls the Essay Anne Vanderbilt story "understandable but inexcusable." Meanwhile the Arizona Republic talks to Vanderbilt's partner, Gerri Jordan, in a piece you should read if you've been following this. ("I don't hold any grudge, really.") » 1/27/14 4:40pm 1/27/14 4:40pm

How Grantland Screwed Up The Story Of Essay Anne Vanderbilt, Inventor

This weekend, Gerri Jordan, proprietor of Yar Golf, agreed to speak with me about the chain of events that led to the October suicide of her partner, Essay Anne Vanderbilt. Today, she declined to carry through. "I have spoken with an attorney," she wrote in an email, "and we are gathering information for potential… » 1/20/14 9:55pm 1/20/14 9:55pm

Reply Allpocalypse Brings Media World To Screeching Halt

This afternoon, the Columbia Journalism School sent out a mass email to hundreds of media members inviting them and their organizations to register for an upcoming career fair. » 1/10/14 4:01pm 1/10/14 4:01pm

It Was A Great Year For Sportswriting; Here's Some Of The Best Of It

Every so often, some crank will write something suggesting that sportswriting is in decline. The argument goes that due to ease of publishing, a general lowering of standards, the reading public's divided attentions, and millennial narcissism and careerism, an entire art has been lost, subordinated to witless jostling… » 12/27/13 1:33pm 12/27/13 1:33pm

Premier League Team Tries Charging Press For Interviews

Newcastle United are coming off a huge win at Manchester United, but they're making news for the wrong reasons: Multiple outlets report that NUFC have approached local and national newspapers, offering them access to players between matches only if they're willing to pay for it. » 12/11/13 5:16pm 12/11/13 5:16pm

How A Reporter Eavesdropped On Barry Bonds's Grand Jury Testimony

Ten years ago today, Barry Bonds testified before a grand jury investigating BALCO that he did not know the substances he was taking were illegal steroids. It was that claim which would lead to Bonds being indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, and convicted of the latter. The testimony was… » 12/04/13 1:57pm 12/04/13 1:57pm

Get Me Rewrite! At His Own Funeral, Kaplan Still Gets the Last Word

It takes an extraordinarily brave and clear-eyed writer to compose his own epitaph. Four years ago—four years before his death at age 59—Peter W. Kaplan did. He was speaking to the media reporter for the New York Observer, his media reporter, after he had just told his staff there that he would not be their editor… » 12/04/13 11:55am 12/04/13 11:55am



Rob Ford Denies "Eating Pussy" During Live, Televised Press Conference

It seems amazing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford could continue to shock Canadian journos given that he was caught smoking crack on camera, but he did it again this morning as the red-faced and rotund city chief denied "eating her pussy" in regard to a former staffer. » 11/14/13 9:59am 11/14/13 9:59am