Social Media Strategies
February 20, 2015
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.
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.
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.