The Beat: The Sports Reporter

The Sports Beat: A Digital Reporting Mix—With Exhaustion Built In

By The Beat: The Sports Reporter December 15, 2010

Wanted: sports reporters. Requirements: Boundless energy, fast fingers, a thick skin, and no need for sleep. To do the job today means tracking innumerable team-related blogs and Twitter feeds, tweeting constantly, writing blogs, live-blogging games and then filing words, sometimes video, and updating news at a pace unimagined even a few years ago. Mixed in with on-the-ground anecdotes and insights about this experience are remembrances of sportswriters—Frank Deford, Red Smith and Gay Talese—whose enduring stories about games and athletes appeared in newspapers and magazines. Read more