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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington is a baseball columnist and Sabres beat writer for the Buffalo News. Although Harrington writes the sports section he does not like sports. He is only there for the story. He loves what he does and can always get a good story. He loves to Tweet what is going on at the games and keeps everyone updated. Harrington started his journey after he graduated from Canisus College in 1987 pursuing a career in journalism. Harrington started off as a high school reporter from 1987 to 1992. Harrington knows all the about sports because he has been in this field for about 30 years.

Harrington said a lot of important things about social media one thing that he said that I think is important is that “print is not dying, print is evolving”.  Its an important quote because people think print media will go away because of the internet but Mike does not believe that will happen.

Harrington is a very active person in the Buffalo sports teams. He has covered the Buffalo Bills for years and the Sabres as well. Harrington has also covered the World series for a number of years. He has done so much for the sports field it is different and to say that he does not have a favorite sports team was interesting. I don’t know if I could write for years about something I did not love. Sports are something that you can love or hate. Pick a team and then rip apart the other team but Mike is not that kind of person and I give him credit for that.    

If you look at Harrington’s Twitter feed you can see how much he watches sports and keeps up with them. Minute by minute of a Sabres game, knowing what happened when it happened. Harrington did say that you have to make sure the information is truthful and that it is creditably. He does not care if someone beats him to the punch as long as his story is truth and correct then he is happy. When asked what his most memorable moment over the years he said it was the 2001 World Series game. It was month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers. The game was in New York City. The one memory that Harrington will never forget on that day is during the 7th inning stretch, God Bless America was played and fans were holding up pictures to the sky. 

Harrington gave a lot of information about social media and how to use it to keep up with the times. He has many years in the field and was very helpful on what to look for and how to keep a smart Twitter feed.

Elaine Montgomery 

Mike Harrington

Brigethia Guins-Jamison

Social Media Strategies

February 20, 2015

Buffalo News baseball columnist and Sabers Beat Writer Mike Harrington is the one you go to if you have any questions about what journalism is. Mike knows all the ins and outs because he has been in this field for about 30 years. He started his journey soon after he graduated from Canisus College in 1987 pursuing a career in journalism. Harrington started off as a high school reporter from 1987 to 1992.Soon after he finished working with high school he went on to reporting college sports. Now today Harrington reports many different sports events. Such as World Series, men’s basketball, hockey games, baseball games, and many more.

One of the things to me that stood out about Mike’s speech is that he really stressed the issue of making sure that a journalist should be telling the truth and getting all of the facts before they report a story. Also, to not rush to get the story out before other news outlets. There has been many mistakes and false information that was given out simply because reports are not taking their time to find out all details. Harrington also said that you want to remain creditable at all times. You want your readers to be able to trust you and the information that you are giving out.

Harrington talked about when using social media sites like Twitter remember that your credibility is very important. He told our class about this fake Twitter account @HockeyyInsiderr that was putting unfactual information out on Twitter. He said to be aware of where you get your sources from because many times they will not be legit. Although, Harrington admitted that social media plays a big role in his career because so many people go to social media news instead of reading an actual newspaper. He also said that he had no problem blocking people on twitter that are disrespectful and use profanity towards him.

Mike was asked about the most significant sports event that he covered and he said the 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  It was significant because it took place a month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers and the games were in New York City. The one memory that Mike will never forget the day during the 7th inning stretch, God Bless America was played and fans were holding up pictures to the sky. The people in the pictures were of those who died during the terrorist attacks.  He said it was one of the most moving events he has been to and it really touched him.

Mike Harrington is a successful journalist that has been in the business for a long time. His visit to our class gave us a lot of insight on the world of journalism. He has experienced many things in his career that made him even better. Harrington is very passionate about his job and you can definitely tell he loves every minute of it.