So it's about analysis and being objective - not what happened but why...
If anything, with so much to digest now online and on social, they need journalists more than ever!
Interesting point Robert!
I've got a feeling Derrick will have something to say on this too...
If Tiger Woods tweets something, then it's going to capture a big audience, but it's the journalists that take that tweet, make it into a story and gives it context.
True, Robert. I also think it's our job to know as many sources of information as possible, many more than an average user, and connect what is being said there. And then do the analyses.
The question of our place in this new landscape I think ties nicely back to Robin's point about how social media makes Everybody a Reporter. That's definitely true. News can break anywhere at any time from almost any one. But like the little blue check that appears by a verified account, our coverage adds a gravity to tweets or liveblogs or chats that goes beyond just the 140 characters spun from the stands. I think we have to really cling to that and make sure our standards and what we write in social media and on liveblogs holds fast to the same standards we'd have for our broadcasts or our articles in the paper. Teams tweet to promote their game, their product, and their news that serves the previous two. Players tweet to promote a brand or just for fun. We have the opportunity to guarantee our analysis brings together all of our reporting and our knowledge to something much more -- to offer the reader a deeper, more independent view that they can trust comes without spin. That's the goal. And, yes, it comes wrapped in our personality. That's unavoidable. No other outlet for information can offer all that we can in terms of history, context, reporting, analytical analysis and so on. That's how we remain relevant. The teams and the players may offer the picture -- a simple snapshot -- of what happened. We provide the 1,000 words of meaning.
Exactly, the bigger picture and the context is so important. Otherwise it's a series of events not connected, journalists can make the connections, bring in knowledge and wider sources and create something much bigger.
So can we continue to exist please?
Alright then... I'm convinced!
I think that's a most pertinent point to finish on - and we can be safe in the knowledge that sports reports will still have a role to play going forward.
:-) Robert, we surely will.
As for live reporting - it's an art, it's about mixing analysis with emotion, it's about mixing all sorts of content, it's about building a community, and building momentum.
We've run over a little bit, but I'd just like to say thank you so much for taking part in this live discussion.
Thanky you very much for the discussion. It's been a pleasure to meet you guys and discuss with you. Thank you Robin for organising the Q+A.
It has been insightful and an absolute pleasure!
Thanks for having me, Robin. I enjoyed it. And I'm telling Robert now that I'm stealing the idea of dropping in video as part of the liveblog analysis. Great idea. That's an element I've only toyed around with -- opening a pack of baseball cards for kicks during a chat -- and wondered where to go next with it. Now I know. If there are any questions that stir up after this chat I'm available at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @dgoold.
Yes, thanks all, really interesting. And Derrick, we cover very little baseball over here so you can take that and run with it as your own!
That's what we want to see - a transatlantic cross pollination of ideas!
Thanks again everyone for taking part - we will have a summary article up on our site in no time.
It has been a pleasure and I look forward to doing it again sometime...