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Mailbag: When Sportscasters Became Journalists

Bob: I watched “Munich” for the first time the other night and it was completely disturbing. I watched it with a friend who was only 7 or 8 when it happened and doesn’t remember it like some of us do who watched it live…it was also the moment that sportscasters became journalists.

JBelle: Bob brings up a fascinating point for me: Munich and the lightning quick transition of sportswriters to journalists. DFO, did you not begin as a sportswriter?

DFO: I, like many other journalists, began my career as a sportswriter, part-time on Friday nights in the newsroom of the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record. That was in college. My first real job after college was as the sports editor for the Red Bluff Daily News. In the old days, sports writers were often tapped for good city side jobs because they had more opportunity to develop as writers quickly. The sports beat allowed you to write features, columns, and routine beat coverage. Sports reporting still is a nice proving ground for news writers.

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