When Allen Iverson announced that he would be signing with the Memphis Grizzlies on Twitter, sportswriters across the country grimaced. For a while, players used the popular social networking site to just talk to their fans and share random tidbits of information not really worth reporting. But Iverson was the latest example of Twitter becoming a way for players to bypass the media altogether and dictate what is being reported.
When Iverson posted the breaking news, outlets across the country had no choice but to cite the report and quote his update. There was no journalist uncovering information or calling sources for the scoop. The A.I. news came straight from the player involved and was typed up in a matter of seconds.
This poses a problem for the world of journalism. While Twitter can be a resource for sports journalists to network and share their work, it may also be the downfall of the industry. The job of a sportswriter is to be knowledgeable about the game they’re covering, give insight on situations related to their sport, interview players, give access to fans and uncover new information.
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But who is more knowledgeable then the players themselves?
Read More: By J.E. Skeets, Yahoo News