A couple of days ago I was on the bus on my way to work when I over heard a man talking to his friend about a transfer rumour he had seen in one of the local papers. They were laying into this particular journalist saying how ‘he knew nothing’ and ‘we are lucky that they were not slating us for once’
I have noticed lately a few people on Twitter knocking our local journalists as well and really puzzles me as to why. Now I am not going to name names as I don’t think it’s fair and we all probably know who I am talking about anyway.
I personally think our journalists do a great job, they ask the managers and players the right questions and everyday they have new sports news for us all to read – and sometimes they can be some very slow news days!
I really enjoy what The Chronicle offer everyday with multiple stories to read and on a Sunday, when I wake up one of the first things I do is check the Newcastle United page on the Sunday Sun as it is always jam packed.
Most of them go out of their way as well to answer fans questions about their team on Twitter, especially during the transfer window where every day they must get inundated with questions (half of them probably from me!) on who is going in and out of their club.
But whilst most of them have Twitter, naturally they all have their own opinion too, like we all do! And they have just as much right as anyone else to express that opinion. Now just because you don’t always agree with that opinion, it does not mean that they ‘know nothing’ or make them a bad journalist.
You always read about how redundancies are being made in journalism these days and with papers offering to show their stories on their website free of charge, it means they are losing out on people buying the paper because they can view it for free. That is why certain papers are starting to charge you to view their website now.
So if you can afford it, I would recommend you buy your local paper, whether it be The Northern Echo, The Journal, The Chronicle, The Sunday Sun or what ever and support your local papers because even though we all like to moan about them, we would be lost without them when it came to news as fans we all crave.
There is nothing better than sitting down in a quiet place and reading the paper so I hope you all join me in buying your local paper because we know, deep down it’s for a good cause.
Thanks for reading!