Discussion in 'CU Buffs Newsroom' started by RSSBot, Aug 25, 2016.
Get to know CU Buffs freshmen Beau Bisharat, Ronnie Blackmon and Akil Jones.
MacIntyre has a policy that no freshmen are available for media interview until they've played in a game. Guess this doesn't apply to in-house media.
Guess it's nice to get something on the new guys, but this was kind of weird to see.
So Coach Mac changed his policy a bit. I don't think it's a big deal. Seems he's evolving.
From the article, "In high school, Jones also lettered three times in track, recording personal bests of 10.9 in the 100-meter run and 21.3 in the 200."
This are impressive times for a db, it will be interesting to watch Akil over the years.
Did he change his policy or are those guys only available to in-house media?
I suspect the latter, but as someone with no dog in the fight, I'm may not be as sensitive to it. I think I get your point. I'm just a simpler sort of fan, I suppose.
Yeah. This has nothing to do with the fan thing. This is more my axe to grind about the erosion of independent media. Partially because I have friends in media that I think it is unfair to. Hard enough to make a living as a journalist these days without having the deck stacked against you by the folks you're trying to cover. Especially when we as a public have accepted this as the new normal and don't seem to mind as long as we get the content we want.
I hear you, Nik, but I'm not entirely sure I agree. How many times have we all said guys like Kizla and Henderson should be cut out of the program? It doesn't have to be rainbows and unicorns, but I understand their desire to have some more control over the message that gets disseminated regarding CU athletics.
It can't all be press releases dressed up as articles, though. And it can't become complete avoidance of a negative event.
Take, for example, when the Big Ten Network didn't report on the Penn State Sandusky scandal or even mention it for like a week after it breaking.
It's a fine line. I agree. You can't whitewash real issues but at the same time you can't have non issues blown into something that requires a response.
I guess I don't have a problem with them keeping Freshmen interviews confined to in-house media. The last thing they need is some asshole like Kizla asking them if they would prefer playing in the MWC. College is a learning process. Better for them to learn how to conduct themselves in an interview in a more forgiving environment. No need to throw the kids to the wolves right away.
The University just needs to be prudent on which journalists they give access to. There have been plenty of reasonable journalists along the front range. Give good ones access, and tell the Kizlas of the world to go pound sand.
Or we need our head coach to pull a Saban and tell Kiszla to essentially go f*** himself in a press conference when he asks a dumb question.
Saban can get away with that for two reasons: 1) he wins. And he wins a lot. 2) he's pretty much the only game in town. If he tells a reporter to go **** himself, he has a half million folks telling that same reporter to do the same. It's not like that reporter can go and cover the pro football team in town. The media in Alabama needs UA a whole lot more than UA needs them.
If CU had a coach that tried something like that he'd be crucified by all the rest of the media members.
If he told Kiszla he wasn't going to answer his stupid question (Do you think the buffs should be in the MWC?) I doubt a lot of the media would crucify him for it, there are a lot of reporters/media out there who are sick of the shock journalism, click bait bull**** that goes on.
In house seems a different animal...more PR than news. Plus Mac could've given the reporter some guidelines an independent reporter would've scoffed at.
This isn't an interview, like where Adam would ask a live question. This was a prepared press release which is basically part of the bio page.
I agree with Nik's premise, but don't really call this an "interview".
More interesting to me, is this a nod to these kids will play? Add in Julmisse, Huntley?
It sure seems that this is the approach CU uses these days though.
No argument here. Neil Woelk and Patrick Ridgell were two of the best to ever cover the Buffs. Both were fair reporters who didn't sensationalize for the sake of sensationalism. They got their facts straight and called the AD to the carpet when it was called for. Woelk spent a four year hiatus in Oregon before coming back to work for the AD. Ridgell is... Hell, I have no idea where he is. Last I heard he's working for some kind of investment company in Denver. Point being it's harder and harder to find sports "journalists" any more. Terry Frei and Troy Renck are probably the closest thing that we have left. Renck dropped print media at the first opportunity.
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