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Author Topic: What's Going On With Jackson St. Athletics and the Clarion-Ledger Newspaper?  (Read 1216 times)

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http://on.thec-l.com/1LGPIxm

Appears that the newspaper won't cover JSU athletics anymore, or at least until JSU officials restore media access to players and coaches.  What gives?  :shrug:

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Jackson State's Statement Concerning Recent Clarion Ledger Article

"The Jackson State University Division of Athletics appreciates the coverage that it receives from the Clarion Ledger. Jackson State has allowed more than adequate access to the Clarion Ledger over the years and we look forward to a continuation of this productive relationship as we move forward through the years.

Previous football coaches have had open and closed practices at various times throughout the seasons. In addition, each of the last two prior coaches decided if and when they wanted assistant coaches and/or players to be accessible to the media during the week of practice. The decision to have open or closed practice, as determined by the head coach, is not limited to the football program. All JSU head coaches have the right to make that decision and have traditionally made those calls.

The decision to close football practice and to not make assistant coaches and players available to the media throughout the week was not undertaken lightly and is done in respect to the JSU football program, the coaches, players and to local and regional media outlets.

JSU football practice has been closed since the first week of this season. We decided to not make assistant coaches and players available to the media for the last two weeks so that the team can adjust to and work with the new coach on putting a quality product on the field - without too many outside influences.

During recent interviews coach McCall has not avoided answering any questions about the football team and been very open and honest about the state of the team. Following his first game as interim head coach, McCall and the players that were requested by the beat writer in attendance, were made available after a 10 minute cooling off period. While serving as head coach, McCall will be the main voice of the Tigers football program.

Coach McCall will continue to make himself available to talk to media members. Thank you for your interest and support of JSU athletics."

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Coming at this as a longtime journalist, this is a farce. Guess what folks, you're not always going to like what the press writes about you. You've already got a Sports Information office that always spins things to talk about only <insert school here>'s side of the story already.

While not germane in the sense of comparison, I remember when I was at ODU and the Hampton U. folks tried to silence the student newspaper.

http://articles.dailypress.com/2003-10-23/news/0310230181_1_newspaper-office-student-newspaper-front-page

ODU admins did the same to our weekly rag during a PREVIEW weekend when there was a story about crime on the front page around 2001 (or so)

Both stories have this in common -- you look worse when you try to stifle journalism rather than let it take its natural course.


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Hmmm......
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 :popcorn:

This is just this year's ongoing issues that has been going on at JSU.

I am sure they will get it together.

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JSU football practice has been closed since the first week of this season. We decided to not make assistant coaches and players available to the media for the last two weeks so that the team can adjust to and work with the new coach on putting a quality product on the field - without too many outside influences.

All you do is get your SID and/or your school's Office of Communications to come in and "prep" your student athletes with what to say.
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JSU football practice has been closed since the first week of this season. We decided to not make assistant coaches and players available to the media for the last two weeks so that the team can adjust to and work with the new coach on putting a quality product on the field - without too many outside influences.

All you do is get your SID and/or your school's Office of Communications to come in and "prep" your student athletes with what to say.

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Reporter: "So how is the mood around the team/locker room about Coach Jackson's dismissal?"

Athlete: "We're just trying to get better each and every week.  We're really focused on _______________ this upcoming Thursday/Saturday."



Reporter: "Being 1-5 so far this year is this weekend's game you think a do or die for salvaging the season?"

Athlete:   "We're just trying to get better each and every week.  We're really focused on _______________ this upcoming Thursday/Saturday." 
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Reporter: "So how is the mood around the team/locker room about Coach Jackson's dismissal?"

Athlete: "We're just trying to get better each and every week.  We're really focused on _______________ this upcoming Thursday/Saturday."



Reporter: "Being 1-5 so far this year is this weekend's game you think a do or die for salvaging the season?"

Athlete:   "We're just trying to get better each and every week.  We're really focused on _______________ this upcoming Thursday/Saturday." 

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Coming at this as a longtime journalist, this is a farce. Guess what folks, you're not always going to like what the press writes about you. You've already got a Sports Information office that always spins things to talk about only <insert school here>'s side of the story already.

While not germane in the sense of comparison, I remember when I was at ODU and the Hampton U. folks tried to silence the student newspaper.

http://articles.dailypress.com/2003-10-23/news/0310230181_1_newspaper-office-student-newspaper-front-page

ODU admins did the same to our weekly rag during a PREVIEW weekend when there was a story about crime on the front page around 2001 (or so)

Both stories have this in common -- you look worse when you try to stifle journalism rather than let it take its natural course.



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During a live chat on Periscope, Morales explained that the only access he wanted was a 15-minute window on Tuesday-Wednesday before practice to interview players and whatever assistants were made available to him, which was the norm (I'm assuming) prior to McCall being named interim head coach.

He said there is always a JSU official standing nearby while he conducts interviews with players and coaches. So, it would be unlikely they would say anything that would be a detriment to themselves or the program.

Morales is covering the Gambling-MVSU game on Saturday. He said if he is restricted from covering JSU during the week, then there is no reason he should cover the games.

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1ypJdDlEjqyJW

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This is bogus. This isn't the first time interviews have been closed to the media. So because you can't speak to the players, you decide not to cover JSU sports.

Bye. No one reads that raggedy asss newspaper anyway. We're the ones who drive the traffic to that site from our fans and stalkers. :lol: It's their loss, not JSU's.

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Why doesn't Drama do a comparison of other schools and the great jsu like he normally does. :popcorn:
« Last Edit: October 23, 2015, 12:02:24 PM by 81alphaeagle »

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This reporter just like the staff at JSU must do what the feel is in the best interest. And if her feels that covering another game would be better for the readers so be it.

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This reporter just like the staff at JSU must do what the feel is in the best interest. And if her feels that covering another game would be better for the readers so be it.

We're not losing sleep. Trust, the Klanrion-Ledger has always held a bias against Jackson State. Any reputable organization is going to have 1 spokesperson to represent them to ensure 1 clear, definitive message is being relayed.

How do you stop covering all of JSU's games just because you can't speak with the student-athletes? Petty. :lol:
« Last Edit: October 23, 2015, 12:21:02 PM by DRUMMA1 »

 

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