With the development of social media, it has become increasingly easier to get sports news up to the minute. Journalism as a whole has changed as a result of the internet. Before the internet, it was easy to wait for the 6 p.m. newscast or the newspaper the next morning to get the best picture of the day’s events.
The internet changed that, and the development of social media and smartphones gave everyone the accessibility to report news, record interviews, deliver news tips and provide the most accurate information as quickly as possible. It also created a 24/7 news cycle that is constantly updating, changing, and evolving.
Here are five tips on how to get the best sports news experience to suit your needs.
Pick Your Passion
A perk of the internet and technology boom that resulted in being able to tailor things to your needs. If you have a particular passion, you can build your user experience to the stories, teams, scores, and alerts you want to follow.
It doesn’t have to be just one, either. Most applications or websites will give you options to pick multiple teams, leagues, or other general information. Download a couple of your favorite applications to start the process.
Finding the Best Sites
There are a lot of different applications that target different specialties, but all do the basic general functions. It isn’t uncommon to have three, five, or more applications that best suit your passions. Finding the right balance is important, especially if you don’t want any notifications or alerts.
If you follow a particular team, follow that writer on social media, download his or her website’s application, and there is probably an alert for the team they cover or their own stories.
Another way is to make a general sports application such as ESPN or a particular league, such as the National Basketball Association. Those can be good for scores and breaking news updates from a lot of different sports from the general sites or tailored to your perfect needs by the league or team’s application.
The Quickest Information
As touched on earlier, the best way to get the top sports news is to use social media. Particularly Twitter has been the best way to stay up to date because the timeline — which is based on the people and accounts you choose to “follow” — runs in chronological order as long as you’re updating it.
Occasionally tweets will appear from hours ago if you’re an infrequent user based on the algorithms you generate or if you are on it a lot and constantly refreshing.
This is one of the best ways to follow writers, though. Those closest to the team will often break the news first so having their alerts on is key. For a macro look at the league, follow the “national” beat writers who will often be first or see the news and quickly confirm it themselves. Those are typically guys who have been in the industry for a while and have the best connections.
Types of Alerts
Tailoring the types of alerts that come to your phone, email, or desktop is getting increasingly better. With several different applications picked out, it is easier to figure out which app best suits your needs.
For instance, a specific team’s app may give you the best score updates. A team’s writer will often have news and analysis that is objective yet fair for the team you are covering, so you are the most plugged in. Having the national beat writers or websites gives you a bigger picture of what is happening in the league.
Adapt and Adjust
Like all professions, people move careers within journalism all the time. The quality of updates or frequency may change if someone is new in the position because they don’t have the relationships built up yet. Give them time, but you may want to adjust to someone with more experience for getting news as quickly as you’d like.
But that new writer will also see things from a different vantage point and have a different perspective. The beauty of the flexibility and ever-changing cycle is you can also adapt and find what you do and don’t enjoy to stay up to date.