I've been selectively reading your stuff on MRSEC.com for the past couple of months, and most of what I've read seems to carry the theme of snarky criticism of other media outlets, under the imaginary ausipices of being above them, and the theme of self-congratulation of past successes. Is this the basis for your journalistic approach? I especially resent the use of the third-person plural (we at MRSEC.com) to repeatedly justify the beliefs you espouse simply because more than one person may (or may not) hold them.
I've don't see many other journalists (I use the term to encompass anyone who professes to report from a factual basis) taking these approaches, and I find the whole strategy to be a tawdry way to gain an audience. It seems you're trying to insincerely maintain journalistic integrity by constantly taking an adversarial stance to the integrity of fellow media.
In the past couple of months, I've seen you lament the oncoming new media multiple times. You're SERIOUSLY going to go onto the internet to complain about people who use the internet? REALLY?! The truth is, in the present reality, new media is a permanent establishment, and nobody needs your dearly-held qualifications anymore to be a journalist. Although I couldn't agree less with the overall message of their brand, as Hardees says, "that's just the way it is".
No one here has said we're above any of these sites. If you can find that typed out somewhere, please let me know.
We do, however, explain our feelings on the way stories are covered. Personally, I went to school in the communications/journalism field. I've been working in radio, television, print, internet or some mix of the four since I was a senior in high school. I don't feel that WE in the media do a great job at times. I also have a problem with the fact that many people now in the media have no ethics, because they've had no training. Not everyone, of course, but some. (If you choose to view writings on "Bleacher Reports" and consider that journalism, that's your prerogative.)
This site isn't about journalism -- and neither is OutkickTheCoverage.com (which was the point of the above piece). They're smart business men and good writers and they know how to draw traffic. But posting a photo and saying, "What's up with that," is not journalism.
Here's what we do around here because some folks can't seem to grasp it:
1. We try to bring you all the major stories from around the SEC everyday. So you never miss a big story (or most small ones, either). It's a free service and if you don't appreciate that, feel free to go elsewhere.
2. We give you our opinions on those stories. It's commentary. Agree with it, disagree with it, fine. (Unfortunately, when people disagree they usually decide to go ugly, too.)
3. Those opinions might deal with the subject of the story, the manner in which a story is presented, or the credibility of the people reporting the story. Again, this is opinion. You don't have to read it.
We do our thing here. We don't do what others do. If you like what we do, great. If you don't -- as you noted -- there are all kinds of other people covering different stories in different ways.
We don't view ourselves as better than SportsByBrooks or OutkickTheCoverage. They do more business than we do. But we do often try to explain why we're more cautious reporting on their reports... than they are in their reports. We don't have the same view of our job that they do.
To suggest that NPR, Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh all view their shared medium in the same way would be just as ridiculous.
We aren't journalists here, but we try to stick to the ethics lessons we learned in college and in practice over the past 20 years.
If that's not good enough for you or if you don't like the opinion we share, that's okay. SportsByBrooks and OutkickTheCoverage will be glad to have you.
But as long as we're here, we're going to be open about what we write and why we write it. And if we sometime suggest that other sites have posted something that we wouldn't, so be it.
(Also, the third-person plural is used because there are three of us working at this site. You'll see a lot I's on the site too.)