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9 Questions with AJ Daulerio
6. Is the Future of Sports Journalism Online?
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: Since you mentioned it, let's talk about the print publications for a moment.  In an interview with RCS last week, new AOL columnist Jay Mariotti said, "If a writer thinks his paper is in trouble, it probably is. And by all means, get your butt out of Dodge, because that paper certainly isn't going to care about you when it decides to pull the cord."  Do you agree with him -- is the online model the future of sports journalism?

Daulerio: If by the future you mean right now then, yes. Print will always have its place. I think more papers (and magazines) are going to have to recreate an identity and cater to a real-time, internet savvy audience from here on out. But, look -- no industry is really safe right now. I think we have to see what the country looks like economically in a few years before you can definitively answer the "is print dead?" question. I mean, does any one really feel like they have job security right now?

RCS: Do you feel more secure online than you would if you were writing for a print publication?

Daulerio: Do I feel safer being the editor of Deadspin as opposed to, say, being a columnist who's worked at the same mid-sized regional paper for 20 years? Yes. But, as I said before, no one is safe. There are a lot of unemployed, talented people out there who are desperate and willing to work for less just to have work. Everyone should be mindful of that. Everyone's expendable right now.

RCS: The editor of Deadspin in trouble?  Surely you're being modest. 

Daulerio: I'm being cautious and American!




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