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March 2, 2011

No Cheering in the Press Box

Filed under: Uncategorized — eadeutsch @ 8:23 pm
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“No cheering in the press box” is not only a mantra of good sports journalism, but is the ethical standard of journalists covering a live sporting event.

At the Daytona 500, where Trevor Bayne won a day after celebrating his twentieth birthday, journalists were reported to be applauding as Bayne’s car crossed the finish.  The cheering was also evident at the press conference with Bayne that followed the race.

Tom Bowles was one of those reporters, writing for SI.com, and he was fired after not only applauding but for then defending his actions on his twitter.

Is there any instance where you think it would be right for sports journalists to cheer?

I don’t necessarily have an issue with a reporter showing some emotion when the time is right (if a Boston Globe reporter at the 2004 World Series didn’t shed a tear of joy I’d be shocked), but when the issue is epidemic at a specific event and the entire press box is clapping, it raises some issues.

Should the SI.com reporter have been fired? Does anyone think that we ought to rethink the “No cheering in the press box” standard?

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