George Washington did not have to appeal to PETA for votes. PETA, one of the largest animal rights groups in the United States, is just one of many interest groups or parties that can have press influence. However, the party press comes from much simpler roots.
Sports writing is going through a transition. For the longest time, it was the team and the people who covered it with no allegiances, just off plain observation. Now, there are still team beat reporters, but now teams have brought in some of these writers to report for them. The reason: to control the message.
Celebrating Osama Bin Laden’s death. Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers was not in a celebratory mood. The fourth year running back took to his twitter account and expressed his anger over the celebration along with his belief Bin Laden did not order the attack. The post sparked outrage among fans across the country forcing […]
Throwing the World Series. The mere mention of the idea was not possible to the growing population of Major League baseball fans. In 1919, the Chicago White Sox, now known as the, “Black Sox,” were acquitted of doing just that despite overwhelming evidence and admissions made by the players involved. What makes this scandal so […]
Not long ago, when there was still hope in Philadelphia that a World Series could be won in 2011, I faced a horrific dilemma. I had just finished watching my brother’s soccer game at York College in Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Phillies were already underway in Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals. That is […]
How radio for baseball sounded in the 1960’s. KDKA took a risk simply by launching the experiment of commercial radio. However, KDKA took an even bigger leap trying to broadcast a sport, baseball, America’s pastime.
Harry P. Davis had a vision when he convinced his electric company, Westinghouse, to try something that never had been done before. On Nov. 2, 1920, the first commercial radio station, was launched. The station is KDKA, a CBS affiliate that is still running today in Pittsburgh. The first broadcast reported on the returns of […]
All fans know the Washington Redskins won this weekend. They don’t need a journalist to tell them that. Instead they want to know what went right, what went wrong, and how those items will be addressed moving forward. This not only occurs in sports, but in politics as well. The public is not concerned about […]
Opinion and journalism. These two words are generally frowned upon when both are involved in the same piece. That is why an entire separate section was created in newspapers just for opinions. However, there was not always an opinion section for journalists and other professionals to get their points across. Some of the earliest […]