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E-Sports Journalism: Quality over Quantity?

By Lawrence Benedict 'Malystryx' Phillips
Dec 19, 2007 01:50


ImageNews writing in E-Sports is at a crossroads; news is coming at us faster, more frequently and in larger quantities but is the quality of the news suffering? Is quantity becoming too important when quality should be first on the agenda? Are too many writers in it for the wrong reasons?

As Chris0 said in his excellent article “The Full Story or Not So” news writers do have a certain responsibility as well as a certain power to have a positive or negative impact on E-Sports future. To be more precise “the lack of professionalism to carry on a job through to the end will have a negative impact in the future of esports.”

I’m not too fussed about rumours, even Manchester United have a rumours section about their own team on their official website, its part and parcel of the “media” so I’m not going to delve into that. I will however comment that the amount of rumours is growing rapidly, why? Is it because there is lots of juicy gossip floating around? Not really, it’s a vain attempt to cram as much rubbish onto their front page as possible in order to look like their “on the ball” as they say. I’d prefer to read a well thought out article or replay/demo analysis than read a rumour picked up from some unknown forum user, I digress.

"When I mean write I mean piece together words to make sentences and avoid using words such as “powerhouse”"
My first concern is how many news writers can actually write? When I mean write I mean piece together words to make sentences and avoid using words such as “powerhouse”, which forces my eyes to bulge every time I read it since it is so over-used it is ridiculous.

Am I the only one to notice that so many “news writers” seem like clones? They all write the same type of sentences, void of any personal touch just an automated robot churning out cliché after cliché.

Does it matter? Perhaps not but it is such a waste of an opportunity to improve your writing skills, most rely on proofreaders to make their news items legible instead of striving to improve themselves. People are too obsessed on imitating what others have done instead of trying to set themselves apart from the pack. I hope that when someone reads a news that they know I wrote it and not another SK writer simply by the way it is written or worded, the same for this article.

"Unfortunately E-Sports lacks the crème de la crème in terms of writers so most websites will put up with poor ones as long as they are active and fast."
Unfortunately E-Sports lacks the crème de la crème in terms of writers so most websites will put up with poor ones as long as they are active and fast.

Speed has become ever more important since competition has risen in the last year or so, news items are posted within hours of the event happening instead of days later in a moment of sheer boredom. The reality is that people do not care if a writer is using Queen’s English or Fabio Capello’s, “I want news, I want it fast, does not need to be perfect”.

It would be a lie to say that NO-ONE can write, there are certain individuals who do possess the flair to take news/article writing to the next level. Although you do not need me to tell you that for some it is a pursuit of personal glory or e-fame rather than for the good of the E-Sports community.

"The fact that there are so few good writers in E-Sports means that those with the talent or skill wield it as a sign of superiority instead of using it for the greater good"
There were a host of articles (they should tbh be called columns) written about the MYM/Estro scandal, but many were written with the aim of capitalizing on a displeased E-Sports community with the aim of acquiring personal fame.

The fact that there are so few good writers in E-Sports means that those with the talent or skill wield it as a sign of superiority instead of using it for the greater good. Its no surprise that many sites have egos, I personally congratulate or send my appreciation if a writer produces a good article instead of thinking “humph, thinks he’s good, hah, I’m going to beat him and prove I am the King, Mwahahahaha”.

Of course writers should want to be the best but when it becomes a personal battle for your personal gains you are forgetting it’s the community that you should be writing for. Many of these writers have centre stage; hundreds of people will read their articles so instead of going on a pointless crusade to use every complicated word they can find in their thesaurus why not write for the people?

Much like in any domain there are people that love what they do and others that love the money that comes with what they do. Money is scarce in news writing, don’t be fooled not even I receive money and even the legendary Carmac is hardly rolling up in a stretched limo throwing money at nearby fanboys. However for a teenager even a scent of financial gain can make them forgot about the community and write for themselves and the money they can gain.

"there are writers who can barely string together coherent sentences and then there are those who could not care less about the site’s community"
There is no middle ground, there are writers who can barely string together coherent sentences and then there are those who could not care less about the site’s community as long as they are gathering fame, making some money and getting the most comments.

Many people comment “oh this news is badly written” or “typo here, lol” but why not puts yourselves forward and volunteer to write articles or news?

The thing that is important is not if you can write well or not but if you have the willpower and determination to better yourself instead of being happy in mediocrity and spamming a proof-reader to make the public believe you can actually write.

As long as news writers fail to set aside their personal quest for glory, reliance on proofreaders or lack of flair & originality, E-Sports will continue at the same pace and quality of writing will go out the window.

If you can write well submit an article to an E-Sports website, E-Sports “journalists” although sometimes they forget are only mortal and many waste their talent by not improving or inspiring readers or worse use their talent in search of acquiring “God status” among the community. YOU can make these guys work for their places and if you are already a news writer, do not be satisfied simply doing what those before you have done, strive to raise the bar and remember one thing:

Quality over quantity any day.


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