websites for more than 20 years.
erns the industry, catering to eyes glued to smartphones,
regardless of whether you find it an effective tool or the death of
journalism 140 characters at a time.
reaches 1.5 million
Twitter followers and
millions more across
numerous online plat-
forms while covering
the NBA with "The
Vertical" on Yahoo
Sports. He launched
the site this year.
Many regard him the
basketball reporter in
the country, person-
ally breaking news be-
fore even the quickest
of contemporary media outlets. Hoops fans -- players, coaches
and executives, for that matter -- often go to "The Vertical" first
for news on free agency pickups, trades and draft picks from him
and his team of writers and analysts.
turned down for a job at the Niagara Falls Gazette before rising to
prominence while evolving with newer modes of communication.
"The same fundamentals I learned at St. Bonaventure don't
change for me. Maybe they multiply in terms of the number of
people you're dealing with or the number of stories you're pursu-
ing all at once."
tal and video content in addition to writing multiple stories a day
'06, who graduated from college the year Twitter was founded
and when blogging was king.
Bonaventure, we were told that you need to be able to report no
matter what the medium," she said.
broadcasts and fantasy sports to smartphone apps at the inter-
national media empire.
ous. What's more important, being first or fast or being right? We
talk about finding the sweet spot where they both merge. ...
There's a constant tension brought about by speed, but we still try
LaPlaca remembers when the 1981 NCAA men's basketball Final
recent SBU grad. Tapes of the highlights and interviews were
needed back in Bristol, Conn., for airing the next day. LaPlaca
drove the tapes to the airport himself.
port staffers, he says. The internet and satellite uplinks allow
footage, interviews, commentary and more to be aired immedi-
ately or posted online and on ESPN apps within seconds. Apps for
fantasy sports sprouted from sports fans' desire to take the love af-
fair even further.
entertainment genre is the word
passion," says LaPlaca, who was in-
ducted to the St. Bonaventure Jan-
doli School of Communication Wall
of Fame in April 2003. "I say this,
and it sounds silly, but when your
team wins the championship, it's
like you're euphoric -- food tastes
better, you love your wife a little bit
NFL Insider Adam Schefter
(@AdamSchefter) has 5.51 million
Twitter followers; other reporters and analysts tout more than 1
"Don't tweet it if you wouldn't report it on television, on radio,
level of work and dedication to the craft, in 140 characters, as you
would on any of our other platforms."
Today. She's covered it extensively the last three years, most re-
cently at Baylor, where both the school and football program are
in trouble for mishandling assault investigations.
you names. Depending on the topic and the sensitivity of it and
the fan base -- some are worse than others -- it can really get
time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.
managed digital and video
content for USA Today at
the Rio Olympics.