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  • To cover the Rams in the same manner as the national media.

    0 0%
  • To cover the Rams with a critical eye, acting as a foil for the team's publicity machine.

    1 5.00%
  • To cover the team from a Ram fan's perpective, with hopeful, constructive analysis.

    6 30.00%
  • To act as journalists and focus on the Rams while keeping their subjective commentary to a minimum.

    11 55.00%
  • To do whatever it takes to sell papers, focusing on controversy and hot-button topics.

    2 10.00%
  • To be a cheering section for the team.

    0 0%
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    What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    This was prompted by a discussion in another thread.

    What is the role of the PD, given its status as the Rams' hometown newspaper?


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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    In a perfect world, I might prefer option 4.
    In the real world, I voted for option 3.
    I think the PD views its role as option 2.
    They behave, however, in a manner more consistent with option 5.

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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    I see option 3 as an appropriate role, but as you pointed out Av, things aren't always the way they should be.

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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    I voted. To act as journalists and focus on the Rams while keeping their subjective commentary to a minimum.

    If I tune into a sports talk show, I expect to hear hot air and can take it or leave it. If I pick up a paper, just give me the facts. Since the Rams have moved the one thing I don't miss is local media reporting on the team.
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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    I live in the real world, so I voted what happens there. Outside of the real world, and what they SHOULD do, I would expect 3 and 4.


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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    I went with #3. Although #4 is ok with me as well. I want to read and/or hear the facts and opinions of the journalists that are a lot closer (geographically) to the team then I am.

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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    #3, but above all tell the truth. Then all interests are served.
    Prepare to be amazed.

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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    If their function were #1 we would never get any news.
    Prepare to be amazed.

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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    In the real world their role is #4. But in that same real world, they often fail in their role.
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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    It's a little muddy. If they are like the paper I work for they have 1) Beat writers/reporters that should cover the Rams as journalist... but they also have 2) Columnist which are paid to cover the team but also give their opinions to a degree. Most columnist should not strive to be homers or anti-homers but just be willing to call sh*&, sh*& and shinola, shinola.

    For instance less than two weeks away from their opening game the Kentucky football team hadn't declared a starting quarterback. One of our guys wrote a column on how history doesn't favor such a tardy decision. Fans were not pleased but he won't always write negative about the team.

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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctious View Post
    It's a little muddy. If they are like the paper I work for they have 1) Beat writers/reporters that should cover the Rams as journalist... but they also have 2) Columnist which are paid to cover the team but also give their opinions to a degree.
    Yeah, it's easy to see where the line can be blurred at times, especially when the beat writers/reporters cross over and write some opinion pieces.

    For me, the only answer is Option #4 ("To act as journalists and focus on the Rams while keeping their subjective commentary to a minimum.").

    Option #3 seems to be the other horse in this race, which frankly I don't really understand. Covering the team from a Rams fan's perspective sounds like an appropriate role for the team website, but not for an independent local news organization.
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    Re: What is the PD's role as the Rams' hometown newspaper?

    Subjective journalism? Yet another oxymoron ....
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