it. The clock just hit 7 a.m. After already smacking
your snooze button three
times, you realize the inevitable can't be avoided any longer.
It's time to wake up. You crawl out from the covers of your
toward the kitchen where the automatic timer on the coffee
maker has already clicked into overdrive. You pour yourself
Until now, it's no different than any
typical morning. But here's where things get thrown off track. Rather
than heading to the front porch to snag the morning paper, you reach
toward the counter next to the coffee pot and pick up a large tablet,
which looks somewhat like an oversized Palm Pilot. You tuck the
device under your arm and head for the bathroom. With a tiny pen-like
you poke the tablet. The screen lights up. Your morning paper has
arrived: Yankees 11, Devil Rays 2.
So maybe we're not there yet. Maybe
we haven't struck the day in age when news printed on paper is nothing
but another glimpse into an ancient lifestyle. But we're close. The
are changing. And journalism's role in society must change as well.
That's where converged journalism comes
into play. We now have the capability to instantly relay news to
society with the click of a button. Rather than waiting for the next
day's paper to find out who won this afternoon's football game, we
can capture the score with the click of a mouse or the punch of a
button. Televisions, 24-hour news services, and internet-integrated
cell phones have allowed today's journalist to file the latest scoop
as fast as they can type.
Specifically, the jobs of sports
journalists have become more difficult. Rather than simply writing
a story by the evening deadline, writers are being called upon to
deliver the news as soon as they hear it. Rather than delivering
the story, writers must analyze. They must trace every aspect. They
must now compete against streaming video and up-to-date photos.
So get ready. The future has arrived.
To find out more about the future of journalism, specifically sports
writing, browse through this site. You may be surprised just how
far we've come.
Because these days, the deadline never
ends. And news never waits.