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  1. Finale: ESPNs size, power demand scrutiny

    Kelly McBride and Jason Fry

    With this column, the Poynter Review Project's work comes to an end. After nearly 40 columns reviewing ESPN content across all platforms, we'll close with lessons learned over 18 months of observing the network's various media outlets, examining ...

    Blog | November 12, 2012
  2. ESPN straddles the line on rumors

    Kelly McBride

    One of the biggest discrepancies between sports journalism and the rest of journalism is the attitude toward rumors. In most of journalism, rumors are a bad thing. Not just a bad thing, but something respectable reporters try to avoid. That does...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Olympics coverage varied across platforms

    Kelly McBride

    When U.S. swimmer Missy Franklin won Olympic gold in the 100-meter backstroke, journalists got to test their storytelling skills. ESPN the television network and took vastly different approaches. Those two ESPN platforms illustrate what ...

    Blog | August 20, 2012
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. ESPN gets higher grade for PSU coverage

    Jason Fry and Kelly McBride

    This past fall, the Poynter Review Project was critical of ESPN's early coverage of the scandal at Penn State, which we found slow, scattershot and tone deaf, too often giving short shrift to the terrible truth that children had been sexually abused....

    Blog | July 18, 2012
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. To cover a story, or be part of it?

    Kelly McBride's Jemele Hill did a very nice, tight column this week explaining how the lives of professional athletes are connected to the life and death of Trayvon Martin. Contrast that to ESPN's bouncing back and forth on whether its talent can post ...

    Blog | March 27, 2012
  15. 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
  16. 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