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  1. Making the case for standardized policies

    Jason Fry

    Media organizations today face a host of new pressures, from the growing number of rivals reporting news to the increasing importance of social media in disseminating and sharing that news. Amid such rapid change, news outlets such as ESPN face chall...

    Blog | October 03, 2012
  2. ESPN takes stand with concussion series

    Jason Fry

    With the National Football League once again laying claim to fans' Sundays, ESPN rolled out a five-day package of investigative reporting and feature stories last month across its various platforms --, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, "SportsC...

    Blog | September 24, 2012
  3. Wording, attribution should be sacrosanct

    Jason Fry

    Late last month, Jarrod Rudolph, an Orlando, Fla., writer for, tuned in to the 10 p.m. edition of "SportsCenter." A little more than an hour earlier, Rudolph had reported that Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan had met with Dwight ...

    Blog | August 09, 2012
  4. Reporter in the eye of a Twitter storm

    Jason Fry

    Earlier this month, ESPN basketball reporter Chris Broussard found himself at the center of a Twitter furor over his coverage of free-agency decisions by NBA guards Deron Williams and Eric Gordon. Many sports fans watching Twitter on July 3 conclu...

    Blog | July 26, 2012
  5. ESPN faces challenges in Twitter Era

    Jason Fry

    Brian Windhorst remembers the day the Miami Heat cried -- and how Twitter changed his story. Windhorst, an NBA writer, is a fan of Twitter, the 6-year-old service that marries the speed and brevity of text messaging with the reach of soci...

    Blog | July 06, 2012
  6. ESPN, Sawatsky and the art of interviewing

    Jason Fry

    Recently we sat down with ESPN interviewing guru John Sawatsky at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., to watch a number of interviews conducted by ESPN reporters and anchors. Here is the Poynter Review Project's brief critique of the three we chose,...

    Blog | May 23, 2012
  7. John Sawatsky is highly questionable

    Jason Fry

    For eight years, John Sawatsky has made ESPN his laboratory for deciphering the science of interviewing. A former investigative reporter, he has worked with the network's reporters, producers, anchors and other talent to put his philosophy into pract...

    Blog | May 01, 2012
  8. A look inside ESPN's ad-approval process

    Jason Fry

    How does ESPN assess advertisements for its networks? And why does it sometimes reject them? The answers sometimes depend not just on the ads themselves, but on where those ads send viewers and what they find there. That issue came up late last mo...

    Blog | April 16, 2012
  9. ESPN can't let Knight play by own rules

    Jason Fry

    Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight has long done things his way, and his five years as an ESPN analyst have been no different. Knight prefers to call himself a basketball consultant rather than a member of the media, and wears sweaters lik...

    Blog | March 27, 2012
  10. Why did Grantland edit Cuban podcast?

    Jason Fry

    Earlier this month, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made an anti-gay joke at the expense of Grantland's Bill Simmons while the two were onstage in front of a large audience at a well-known sports conference -- a remark excised from a podcast record...

    Blog | March 20, 2012
  11. Reflections on ESPN's apologies, actions

    Jason Fry

    The rise of Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks' Asian-American star, has been one of 2012's feel-good sports stories. But it's come with an unwelcome undercurrent: racial references by fans, columnists and TV personalities that have ranged from innocent...

    Blog | February 21, 2012
  12. Talking the talk: ESPN's hits, and misses

    Jason Fry

    There's a lot of sports talk on ESPN during weekday afternoons, and last week the Poynter Review Project consumed a steady diet of it. I began at noon, with the last hour of "The Herd," a simulcast of Colin Cowherd's radio show, and after that switch...

    Blog | February 03, 2012
  13. The 'shove' seen 'round the world

    Jason Fry

    What was Holly Rowe's reaction when a friend texted her that she was trending on Twitter? "That can't be good." On Jan. 3, the ESPN sideline reporter had interviewed Michigan football coach Brady Hoke after the Wolverines beat Virginia Tech i...

    Blog | January 19, 2012
  14. The tough question of when to subtitle

    Jason Fry

    On consecutive shows in October, ESPN's newsmagazine "E:60" included interviews with subjects whose speech wasn't always easy to understand. But the network made different choices in how it presented those interviews: the words of Jamie Convey, a 10-...

    Blog | December 05, 2011
  15. ESPN let guard down with film sponsorship

    Jason Fry

    Earlier this month, ESPN debuted "Unguarded," the story of Massachusetts basketball prodigy Chris Herren, whose battles with substance abuse dogged his college hoops and NBA careers. The documentary, directed by Jonathan Hock, is an unflinching, o...

    Blog | November 22, 2011
  16. Near miss on Palmer frustrates Schefter

    Jason Fry

    Earlier this week, Fox Sports' Jay Glazer reported that the Cincinnati Bengals had traded Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders, ending the quarterback's season-long retirement. Amid analysis of the trade came questions about whether ESPN's NFL report...

    Blog | October 21, 2011