Ed Sherman interviews former Chicago Tribune sportswriter Sam Smith about his new gig writing for bulls.com. Sherman also used to write for the Tribune; I imagine both are pretty happy to be out of there now, with the current financial state of that newspaper.
Sam covered the Bulls for years, including the Jordan era, and is a nationally known basketball writer. His gig with the Bulls is somewhat revolutionary in the sportswriting world: exclusive content provided by an old-school journalist for a team website.
They discuss the potential conflicts of interest, It’s pretty interesting stuff. Read the whole thing.
A quote from Sam about the failures of newspapers:
… [The Bulls] treat me well because they know me from covering them and the league for 25 years. That’s where my credibility and relationships come from. It’s what newspapers have forgotten. It’s not who you work for, but what you do.