Some of these people I look up to include Jason Whitlock, Jay Bilas, Peter Gammons, Jayson Stark, and Ken Rosenthal. Each of these people offer great insight into the field that I hope to join. Gammons has been enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Rosenthal is the lead reporter for Major League Baseball on FOX. Stark is a writer for ESPN.com, and one of the few blogs I regularly follow. Bilas was named the best analyst in college basketball by Sports Illustrated. Whitlock graduated from Ball State University in 1990.
According to Sporting News Radio President, David Gow, “Peter Gammons is baseball’s top authority, his knowledge, insights and relationships are unparalleled.”
As of October 25, 2011 TweetStats.com said Gammons averages 6.6 tweets per day. He has a Klout score of 64. According to Klout his most influential topics are Major League Baseball, Journalism, and Media. His highest tweet density is in the evening. If you want baseball knowledge from arguably the most knowledgeable, Gammons is your man. From reading his tweets you also discover Gammons has a great love of music as well as baseball.
Ken Rosenthal is the guy for live reporting, as opposed to Stark’s interesting facts and the personable side of Gammons. Rosenthal is the sideline reporter for FOX Saturday Baseball and the MLB Playoffs on FOX. As things happen in the game such as injuries he updates people on his live TV cut ins and Twitter feed. You can help learn a lot about live reporting and post game pieces by reading the stories and tweets from Rosenthal.
Rosenthal averages 10.6 tweets per day and has a 70 Klout score. Klout has him being most influential about sports, baseball, and fantasy baseball. His highest tweet density is in the afternoon.
Both know what they are talking about and have just this way of seeing what they say in a convincing way. They do not back down from their stances and just seem like they talk like me at times. My mouth has gotten me into trouble like Whitlock and I hold my ground strongly like Bilas.
Bilas tweets on average 13.7 times per day and has a Klout score of 68. Klout has him being most influential about college, University of North Carolina, and business. Whitlock tweets 13.3 times per day with a Klout score of 68. Klout has him being most influential about sports, ESPN, and money.
The Twitter feed of Bilas is filled with great college athletics knowledge. Whitlock’s is full of great sports knowledge in general, and sometimes from a side most people would not publicize how they feel. I really take inspiration from how Whitlock and Bilas hold themselves.
No matter how you feel about the future of journalism. Future journalists can learn a great deal by studying these that I have talked about and many more.