One year ago, absolutely nobody would think a 24 year old crime reporter from Harrisburg, PA would be doing the best sports-related journalism in the country. Sara Ganim, the reporter from Harrisburg, PA's Patriot-News, is apparently receiving consideration for a Pulitzer Prize for her work in breaking and reporting on the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. Buried in this story from Philly.com about Ganim is a brief tidbit that Ganim's work was submitted by the Patriot-News to the Pulitzer committee for consideration.
The story itself is quite interesting, detailing Ganim's background (born in Detroit, grew up in Florida, graduated from Penn State), her history with the case (broke the story last March, which didn't get mainstream media attention until the fall, after two years of work on researching the case), and future plans (Ganim has stated that she has a lot left to do, and isn't thining about any future jobs). It's also a testament to the work still done in local papers in a world becoming increasingly dominated by 24/7 cable news. Ganim herself referred to her own work as a "testament to local journalism."
As a resident of Harrisburg, and an occasional reader of the Patriot-News, you got a sense from reading Ganim's work in the paper that she would receive national recognition for her work early on. My father, a Patriot reader for 30 years, immediately began the cries for a Pulitzer from the beginning of her reporting on the case. The case has been largely manhandled by many of the major news outlets, and public perception is decidedly skewed in this situation. Ganim has done a great job in keeping everything level, and focusing attention on Sandusky, the real monster in the case.
Lordcalvert the only time that the NBC families of networks used local broadcasters was for the 1st round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year!
NBC does not need to expand their on-air talent. They need to actually hire some. The current crew is simply not acceptable in terms of broadcast talent and analysis for a national network. They also need to significantly improve their production values. They need to hire cameramen and directors who are capable of broadcasting hockey well instead of the slip-shod, poorly angled and shot product they have now. CBC has been televising hockey for sixty years. NBC needs to learn from that vast treasure trove of knowledge instead of ignoring it.
"The decision to air the games in this way is very user-friendly, and it wouldn't surprise me to see this become a wider trend across sports."
How much wider can it get? Turner and league-owned networks already combine for every MLB and NBA playoff game. I suppose we could get more widespread coverage of tennis tournaments or something...
@morganwick Not to mention that even the NCAA Tournament managed to get every single game televised starting in 2011 thanks to their contract with Turner.
The NBA, MLB, and NCAA all have the advantage of having national announcers for *all* playoff games. The NHL is stuck using local announcers for some early round games, but it's still good progress to get them all televised nationally for the first time ever. I'm also not a big fan of using CNBC for hockey, but NBC had to use whatever channels they had available. They're not like Turner where they have several general interest channels like TNT, TBS, and TruTV. I know that I definitely wouldn't want them placing NBA or MLB coverage on HLN or CNN. :P