One of the key takeaways from the Manti Te'o saga was that good work will get noticed regardless of where it appears: Deadspin obviously had a substantial profile within the online sports media world well before Te'o, but their incredible scoop that Te'o's girlfriend didn't exist got the site attention in a much wider realm. With that attention comes criticism, and it seems that some of the critics don't seem to quite get how Deadspin operates, or just what they should and shouldn't be taken to task for.
The latest case in point comes from a piece posted on SportsJournalism.org (affiliated with Indiana University's National Sports Journalism Center) Tuesday, where Manny Randhawa interviews Deadspin editor Tommy Craggs about the site's Te'o coverage. It's an interesting read, both for Randhawa's questions and Craggs' responses, but in the end, it leaves several problematic impressions: first, it suggests that Deadspin's coverage of the Te'o situation broke clear journalism rules, and second, it seems to paint the site as a bunch of renegades in complete opposition to traditional media. From this corner, neither of those ideas seems particularly true, but they seem to stem from some misconceptions about journalism as a whole and Deadspin's role within journalism.no comments