9. The Washington Post or Deadspin?
RCS: If an aspiring young sports writer, who had competing job offers for a beat writer position at the Washington Post and a position at Deadspin, came to you for advice, what would you say to him or her?
Brennan: I’d probably stick with the dinosaur and say to go with the Washington Post. That's not out of any disrespect for Deadspin. I’m just really hopeful that as the way we get our information evolves, many of the major media outlets that have been a part of our lives for generations will continue to be a big part of our lives. I would hope the Washington Post is one of those, as I hope USA Today is. Whether people are reading the paper or looking at the phone in their hand, I hope they still seek out some of our great media institutions.
At the same time I totally understand if that person would say “No, on second thought, I think I’ll go to Deadspin,” and I would pat them on the back and tell them good luck and congratulations and hope that’s the better choice for them. So I’m not standing here with my feet stuck in the mud saying no to Deadspin. I’m just saying that I still hope that there’s a place in our world now and in 10-20 years for the trained journalist at the major media outlets we’ve come to know and respect over the course of our careers.