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BBaum21
11-14-2004, 12:18 PM
Hey guys,

I've begun to write my research paper about the conflict of interest the Tribune operates with when covering the Cubs. Just want to get some feedback on the intro. Any constructive comments are welcome.



Blake

The city of Chicago is known as the “Second City.” Nothing affiliated with the city takes that to heart as much as the Chicago White Sox do. The city is in a unique position because it has two Major League Baseball teams, a distinction only a few cities can boast about. This is yet another thing that makes the city unique. The fact that there are two teams to cover should be a newspaper’s dream. But the city’s biggest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune,has been operating with a conflict of interest ever since its parent company, the Tribune Company, bought the Chicago Cubs from the Wrigley family in 1981. The journalistic integrity of the Tribune has been questioned by baseball fans alike because of their relationship with the Cubs and this situation just proves the fact any conflict of interest complicates things. It opens up the way a newspaper’s reporting is judged to questions.

Operating with a conflict of interest is not a good thing, no matter what line of work you may be in. It is not a healthy situation. You open yourself up to criticism and second-guessing. Journalists need to try to remain as objective as possible. Reporting with a conflict of interest could hinder that goal of objectivity, something every journalist strives for. Journalists also want to write stories that are fair and balanced. The presence of a conflict of interest also may make that goal tougher for reporters and their staff.

The problem that lies with Tribune Company’s ownership of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs can be summarized in one quote, which appeared in The New Biographical History Of Baseball, written by Nicholas Acocella and Donald Dewey: "For one thing, there was the mid-decade purchase of the Cubs by the Chicago Tribune, which meant that the city's main newspaper and its associated broadcasting network devoted about 20 words to the National League club for every one spent on the White Sox."[1] (http://#_ftn1)

[1] (http://#_ftnref1) Information courtesy of http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41261&page=3&pp=15&highlight=media+bias (http://showthread.php?t=41261&page=3&pp=15&highlight=media+bias)

ewokpelts
11-14-2004, 12:35 PM
Hey guys,

I've begun to write my research paper about the conflict of interest the Tribune operates with when covering the Cubs. Just want to get some feedback on the intro. Any constructive comments are welcome.



Blake

The city of Chicago is known as the “Second City.” Nothing affiliated with the city takes that to heart as much as the Chicago White Sox do. The city is in a unique position because it has two Major League Baseball teams, a distinction only a few cities can boast about. This is yet another thing that makes the city unique. The fact that there are two teams to cover should be a newspaper’s dream. But the city’s biggest newspaper, the Chicago Tribune,has been operating with a conflict of interest ever since its parent company, the Tribune Company, bought the Chicago Cubs from the Wrigley family in 1981. The journalistic integrity of the Tribune has been questioned by baseball fans alike because of their relationship with the Cubs and this situation just proves the fact any conflict of interest complicates things. It opens up the way a newspaper’s reporting is judged to questions.

Operating with a conflict of interest is not a good thing, no matter what line of work you may be in. It is not a healthy situation. You open yourself up to criticism and second-guessing. Journalists need to try to remain as objective as possible. Reporting with a conflict of interest could hinder that goal of objectivity, something every journalist strives for. Journalists also want to write stories that are fair and balanced. The presence of a conflict of interest also may make that goal tougher for reporters and their staff.

The problem that lies with Tribune Company’s ownership of the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Cubs can be summarized in one quote, which appeared in The New Biographical History Of Baseball, written by Nicholas Acocella and Donald Dewey: "For one thing, there was the mid-decade purchase of the Cubs by the Chicago Tribune, which meant that the city's main newspaper and its associated broadcasting network devoted about 20 words to the National League club for every one spent on the White Sox."[1] (http:///#_ftn1)

[1] (http:///#_ftnref1) Information courtesy of http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41261&page=3&pp=15&highlight=media+bias (http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=41261&page=3&pp=15&highlight=media+bias) the writers you quote are incorrect...the cubs were purchased in 1981...that's early part of the decade...but the point is good though...interesting intro....i would be less dry though.... inject some questions or hypotheticals....
Gene

BBaum21
11-14-2004, 12:38 PM
I know the quote in the book is wrong. Should I not use it?

illinibk
11-14-2004, 12:50 PM
I know the quote in the book is wrong. Should I not use it?
No. Using false information to prove a point makes you look desperate, even if the audience may not know the information is false.

TornLabrum
11-14-2004, 12:58 PM
No. Using false information to prove a point makes you look desperate, even if the audience may not know the information is false.
I'd say the quote IS usable as long as (a) the correct date of the purchase is emphasized in the paper immediately following the quote and (b) as long as the point of the quote is accurate. Is the ratio really 20:1? I'd question that ratio, and I'm a Sox fan.

ChiSoxRowand
11-14-2004, 10:09 PM
I am doing a persuasive speech on the Cubs media bias.

TDog
11-14-2004, 10:13 PM
You need a copy editor.

BBaum21
11-14-2004, 11:31 PM
I've decided that I'm not going to use the quote.

Hangar18
11-15-2004, 11:37 AM
Whats the Title of your paper going to be?
Heres one from my vast collection ......

"Conflict Of Interest: The Tribune years"

Frater Perdurabo
11-15-2004, 12:18 PM
Blake,

I just sent you a PM with some suggestions. You are off to a great start and look forward to reading your finished product.

Iwritecode
11-15-2004, 01:25 PM
Is the ratio really 20:1? I'd question that ratio, and I'm a Sox fan.

Me too. I'd think it'd be more like 50:1 or 100:1.

Just take a look at Hangar18's media watch posts...

Tekijawa
11-15-2004, 01:30 PM
don't forget these:


:giantsnail

TheBull19
11-15-2004, 04:23 PM
The city is in a unique position because it has two Major League Baseball teams, a distinction only a few cities can boast about.

Operating with a conflict of interest is not a good thing, no matter what line of work you may be in.

Reporting with a conflict of interest could hinder that goal of objectivity, something every journalist strives for.


Never end a sentence with a preposition. You're in college? That's eighth grade stuff.


It opens up the way a newspaper’s reporting is judged to questions.


Judged to questions? That makes no sense.

TornLabrum
11-16-2004, 10:12 AM
Never end a sentence with a preposition. You're in college?
In the words of Winston Churchill, responding to similar criticism, "Yes, madam, you are correct. I should have said, 'That is something up with which I will not put.'"