We're seeing more and more sports journalism conferences pop up, which is largely a good thing. In addition to the Blogs With Balls series (the latest installment of which we'll be covering from Toronto next week), plenty of local groups are pulling together panel discussions on sports with prominent figures, and expanding the dialogue on sports coverage certainly seems positive. These discussions can have some unanticipated side effects, though, and those can vary dramatically depending on who's observing and how they observe.
One example of this is the Fast Break conference, held in Toronto Tuesday and featuring Esquire and ESPN The Magazine writer Chris Jones, Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones, Canadian Press senior sports editor Julie Scott and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment digital producer/host Akil Augustine. By all accounts, the conference went extremely well and provided useful tips on getting into the sports industry for those in attendance. However, it did wind up creating an unexpected discussion on criticism and context, thanks to some comments from Jones. Here are the comments that started it, as per this J-Source (a Canadian journalism industry website) recap from Steph Rogers:no comments