The Beat: The Sports Reporter
Wanted: sports reporters. Requirements: Boundless energy, fast fingers, a thick skin, and no need for sleep. To do the job today means tracking innumerable team-related blogs and Twitter feeds, tweeting constantly, writing blogs, live-blogging games and then filing words, sometimes video, and updating news at a pace unimagined even a few years ago. Mixed in with on-the-ground anecdotes and insights about this experience are remembrances of sportswriters—Frank Deford, Red Smith and Gay Talese—whose enduring stories about games and athletes appeared in newspapers and magazines.