(04-18-2010 11:32 AM)LetsgoBucs Wrote:
(04-17-2010 01:32 PM)PittsburghBucs Wrote: Fine. But don't you see how the story is incomplete without examples, and instead just self-serving?
I almost wonder if since this story was written internally and the tennis team really isn't doing anything they haven't done before why the timing of an "Our Coach is Great" article with the athletic director going on and on how loyal Zaatini is.
Could it be an internal message? The sort of message that says "Okay, Bartow. If you want a contract extension and a raise you'd better not be taking these calls from UNC-W or explore your options with ASU or wherever."
No, I don't see it as incomplete. I think you have trouble differentiating between sports journalism and being in sports information at a college/university. An SID's job is to tell the truth, but always spin it as possible in favor of the school. Simple as that. Different role than a beat writer or a sports columnist.
Rod is right, it's a puff piece about Yaser before the ASun championships. Nothing more. No conspiracy or internal message.
I agree with Rod, but disagree with your description of an SID's job, LetsgoBucs. One can be truthful, and maybe paint it *ever* so slightly favorably, but NOT "as possible" (assuming you mean as *much* as possible, which may be too much of an assumption). An SID should NOT spin to the point of being misleading. One can be truthful, and convey the main message with an *ever* so slight slant, but NOT be misleading. It's a line that different folks would draw in different places, but the ETSU SIDs, going back to Cathey, even, have done a fair amount of misleading from time to time. And as I've made the point before, when DeChellis went to interview at Penn St., and Mike was (to hear him say it in code) unaware of that, then HE (White) should have publicly corrected himself, thus throwing the blame on Eddie D., OR......he could have put the heat on Eddie D. to take the blame for the misinformation. The public needed to know the truth on that matter. (And still does, for that matter..........)
Another example which I used back on the old board are the blurbs about how the then-new women's golf team was doing in a tournament. Many times the release would say something like, "The ETSU women's golf team was standing in 6th place after the second round in the Carpet Classic.........." -- without even saying who was leading the tournament!!!!! There is no way around that being plain ol' wrong. Fortunately, I don't think that happens exactly that way, anymore. However, the track teams' results ARE still like that. We'll get a news release stating something like "the track team won 4 events in the Charlotte Invitational", without a hint as to who "won" the whole meet, or how those performances fit into the context of the whole meet. That is simply wrong. If you're going to give results of a tournament, or a meet, or whatever, GIVE IT ALL! "THE WHOLE TRUTH! Failure to do so loses credibility for the SID and that branch of the athletic administration. Period.
Here's the current release on the Charlotte Invitational:
Charlotte Invitational propaganda
Not a single thing stating whether or not team points were kept, or any bit of information about other teams, or overall results. That makes that piece PURE propaganda, and an embarrassment. Mike, I call on you to do a better job of that for the USC Upstate. If you're going to put that up on a site purporting to give some "news", then how about some full disclosure?? Please?
It's simply meaningless without context. Can't you see that?