When asked to analyze a blog for this week and participate in it, automatically, my first thought went directly to sports. Mainly because I love sports. I asked in class if we could do sports to which I was granted permission so long as it was deemed professional. So I found the most successful blog I could that followed sport teams and used them. I had some other ideas but I felt this was the most appropriate one to use.
- What is the Blog’s title and intent?
Jets Blog- ESPN New York. It is to report all New York Jet news.
- Is the blog filling a void and/or solving problems?
No. Not necessarily. There are other Jet sites that break news and report stories. But this site is one of the best.
- Who is the Blog Host? What are his/her credentials?
The site’s host is Rich Cimini, a professional journalist from the University of Syracuse. He has spent many years in journalism, covering the Jets for the New York Daily News for over 10 years before switching over to ESPN in 2010.
- Is there an email/contact section for the Blog Host?
Yes there is although it is at the bottom of the page and hard to see.. There is also a comments section for people to express there opinions.
- How often is the Blog updated (What is the regularity of updates?)
At the very least once a day. Cimini writes many articles about the Jets that are either published on the blog section or in depth articles that are published on the ESPN New York front page.
- What are the readers taking away?
They are learning his opinion on the team’s moves. Cimini does a great job of putting his perspective on certain moves the team makes and is very vocal about what they can do better or how great they have done.
- How well is the Blog organized? Is the template effective?
It is extremely organized and the template is very effective. The background is simple, it is extremely easy to find posts with the search function and its easy to see the order of which news is reported (top is the most recent, date decreases as the date goes down)
- Are the Blog’s Policies clearly stated? Are they followed?
The blog policies are not clearly stated. I don’t even know if there are policies for the blog.
- How effective are some of its features? (i.e, availability of an RSS feed, available podcasts, external links, etc.)
The feed is great and the podcasts are endless really because they all come from ESPN. Even if it isn’t Cimini, constant links are being put out.
- Is the language used in the Blog appropriate to the forum? (Barroom or Boardroom)
100%. The language is very appropriate. It’s Boardroom like material.
- Is there an easily retrievable Archive section?
Yes. Just yesterday I was looking for an article from 2009 and was able to find it. It was not written by Cimini however.
- Is the content accurate and appropriate
I have never seen a mistake in any form of article written. It’s extremely accurate. Blogs are extremely efficient for worldwide corporations and I think it is wise for lots of companies to begin using them. I believe the average internet user can relate to blogs more than other sites. I could be wrong but I believe people believe blogs are more productive to news sites. There is probably a better word to use but my point is, that blog articles are a lot shorter in most cases than long news articles but you can get the same info. These blogs don’t have to be in journalistic form but can still be incrediably informative. Even the shortest blog posts can have the most information. For example, here is a blog post from this site from January:
Clicking on it, you can see that it is extremely short yet productive. A news article featuring that information would take a lot longer to actually make. People are turning more to that because it is a quicker way to get what you want. Its a reason why a site like ESPN has made a “Jets blog” for jet fans. A journalist like Cimini has been writing for years in standard article format but they now have him running the blog section and he does a great job of that.
There are some disadvantages to blogs however. People do still do have a stigma that a blog is unprofessional, mainly because anybody can make a blog. Thus, certain facts can be wrong. For example I can write an entire article about how social media will die soon and make up fake statistics or twisted statistics just to prove my point. I’d say how Myspace is completely dead and soon facebook will follow suit, with fake statistics and it can be considered a blog post. Thus, it lowers the credability of blogs all around the world.
People would also say that companies would only use blogs to write puff pieces about their own organization. It could be true but at the same time, I don’t know just how true that is about anything. No company is just going to create a site to insult themselves.
Overall, from my review, I think this is a fantastic blog site and the host, Rich Cimini, does a fantastic job of keeping it up to date. Jet fans are lucky to have such good updates from this site, that are short and sweet yet well thought out and highly detailed. The articles Cimini writes are exactly what Jet fans would like to read. For example, his article on Curtis Martin after he was inducted into the hall of fame was both very informative and also had a personal touch to it with mentions of Curtis’ moments that aren’t so well know:
“Perhaps the best snapshot of Martin occurred on a practice field, with no crowd and no teammates around. This was in July 2004, before training camp opened. Former general manager Terry Bradway looked out his window, and saw a solitary figure — Martin — walking through his plays, over and over. A simple, yet telling moment from a Hall of Fame career.”
Very interesting point to end the article in my opinion.
I recommend “Jets Blog-ESPN New York” for any Jet fans curious with the teams’ news.