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MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« on: January 28, 2020, 02:59:46 PM »
In reporting on Koby King missing the Iowa game Jeff Potrykus wrote:

"King did not travel from Madison and, according to a source, is frustrated with the direction of the team this season."

When Steele reported Morrow leaving the team it was just reprinting the press release from MU.  No attempt mentioned at reaching him or his parents, no sources, nothing.

Coverage is always predictable and adequate but when is the last time a MU beat reporter broke any news that wasn't handed to them by MU?
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2020, 03:07:21 PM »
I’d rather have Ben’s report than the UW speculation. Everyone knows Jeff’s source is from a message board.
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2020, 03:24:00 PM »
I dunno... I think Potrykus is trying to influence the narrative rather than report anything concrete. If/when the transfer happens, King will be painted as a malcontent, bad teammate, etc.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2020, 03:29:10 PM »
Historically, no one would ever call Potrykus objective.
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2020, 03:41:41 PM »
Potrykus reporting on the Kobe King situation

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2020, 03:56:34 PM »
There's a lot of reasons to complain about the relative treatment of MU and UW in the Journtinel, but I don't see this as one of them.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2020, 04:15:39 PM »
There's a lot of reasons to complain about the relative treatment of MU and UW in the Journtinel, but I don't see this as one of them.

The coverage IMO is very reasonable given the interest levels in both.  In this day and age they know by clicks.  No more guessing.  And they always assign us young hungry beat guys who do a great job with extra blog posts, lots of tweets etc.  No complaints.  The one area they seem to lack is breaking any news or digging around.  For instance, the Hauser story, you'd think that would be a goldmine for a reporter.  Get to Stephanie & Dave, get the HS coach off the record, talk to a Bennett, anything. 
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2020, 04:36:18 PM »
Historically, no one would ever call Potrykus objective.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2020, 04:51:06 PM »
I’d rather have Ben’s report than the UW speculation. Everyone knows Jeff’s source is from a message board.

Yup, his sources are the message board.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/college/uw/2019/05/17/hauser-brothers-decision-expected-soon-wisconsin-still-looks-likely/3706967002/

Less than 24 hours after the Hauser brothers announced they were transferring, sources told the Journal Sentinel that UW was the favored and likely landing spot. Those sources have reiterated throughout the recruiting process they believe the brothers will choose UW.
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2020, 04:58:32 PM »
I agree with the premise of the OP.  The Hausers leaving was a huge story locally, and the MJS seemingly did nothing to get to the bottom of it.  Ditto with the Morrow story.  Did Steele even attempt to reach out to Morrow to ask him his reasons for leaving?  The only stories we ever see are puff pieces.  I get that they’re amateur athletes, but MU and Wojo have it made when it comes to treatment in the press.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2020, 04:59:17 PM »
Yup, his sources are the message board.

https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/college/uw/2019/05/17/hauser-brothers-decision-expected-soon-wisconsin-still-looks-likely/3706967002/

Less than 24 hours after the Hauser brothers announced they were transferring, sources told the Journal Sentinel that UW was the favored and likely landing spot. Those sources have reiterated throughout the recruiting process they believe the brothers will choose UW.


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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2020, 05:03:02 PM »
I agree with the premise of the OP.  The Hausers leaving was a huge story locally, and the MJS seemingly did nothing to get to the bottom of it.  Ditto with the Morrow story.  Did Steele even attempt to reach out to Morrow to ask him his reasons for leaving?  The only stories we ever see are puff pieces.  I get that they’re amateur athletes, but MU and Wojo have it made when it comes to treatment in the press.

Comparing this to the Apartment 720 coverage where Bill Michaels was making a bunch of stuff up, I’d take this type of coverage any day.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2020, 07:10:15 PM »
Potrykus reporting on the Kobe King situation



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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2020, 08:26:19 PM »
I dunno... I think Potrykus is trying to influence the narrative rather than report anything concrete. If/when the transfer happens, King will be painted as a malcontent, bad teammate, etc.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #14 on: January 28, 2020, 10:14:56 PM »
The coverage IMO is very reasonable given the interest levels in both.  In this day and age they know by clicks.  No more guessing.  And they always assign us young hungry beat guys who do a great job with extra blog posts, lots of tweets etc.  No complaints.  The one area they seem to lack is breaking any news or digging around.  For instance, the Hauser story, you'd think that would be a goldmine for a reporter.  Get to Stephanie & Dave, get the HS coach off the record, talk to a Bennett, anything.

Hausers weren’t going on the record.......nobody was going on the record except for the vague stuff.....” looking for a better fit”.

Nothing to be gained by talking about it........and to it’s really nobody’s business.

Ben does a nice job.


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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #15 on: January 28, 2020, 10:32:10 PM »
I like Steele, think he covers program well. He’s their first beat writer I recall who gives time, attention, and detail to prospective recruits. I’v emailed him before and got a very quick, polite, and thorough response.

Potrykus is a total arrogant and smug prick.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #16 on: January 28, 2020, 10:35:37 PM »
Hausers weren’t going on the record.......nobody was going on the record except for the vague stuff.....” looking for a better fit”.

Nothing to be gained by talking about it........and to it’s really nobody’s business.

Ben does a nice job.

Who needs things like on-the-record sources when an anonymous Scooper knows a guy who knows a guy who heard the real story from someone close to the program?

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #17 on: January 28, 2020, 11:28:13 PM »
I like Steele, think he covers program well. He’s their first beat writer I recall who gives time, attention, and detail to prospective recruits. I’v emailed him before and got a very quick, polite, and thorough response.

Potrykus is a total arrogant and smug prick.

He's no Tom Oates
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #18 on: January 29, 2020, 08:06:49 AM »
The key difference is that Koby King is good, and a starter, and Ed was not.
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #19 on: January 29, 2020, 08:11:49 AM »
The key difference is that Koby King is good, and a starter, and Ed was not.

No, the key difference is that King is a candidate for a transfer, which always brings the crazies out from the woods to ridicule one in any way, (see either Hauser), while Ed is choosing to end his basketball career while getting his degree from Marquette.  There's a lot less spinning that needs to be done when your player won't be suiting up for another team.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #20 on: January 29, 2020, 08:27:10 AM »
The key difference is that Koby King is good, and a starter, and Ed was not.
Eh, I wouldn't really go that far.
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #21 on: January 29, 2020, 08:35:38 AM »
these reporters are awful. Bring back Michael Hunt

Seriously though, the trolls are looking for anything to complain about now.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #22 on: January 29, 2020, 08:44:49 AM »
Every business has to decide where to focus its resources. The MJS is no exception. It focuses its sports reporting resources on the Green Bay Packers and, secondarily, on the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Rodents football team.

Marquette and the Rodent basketball team are bit players UNLESS they are really good and during tournament time. The MJS gives people what they want, period.

Back in the day (get off my lawn you young whippersnapper), when we had a very colorful coach, dynamic players and consistently were a Top 5 team, it was different. It also helped that your two papers, radio station and local television station were the vast majority of local media in town. The MJS covered Marquette because we were really good and people were interested in the coming and goings of our team. We were one of the best in the country and we represented Marquette, Milwaukee and Wisconsin well.

Plus, it helped that the Green Bay Packers sucked in the 1970s, the Brewers were awful for several years and the Badgers were consistently awful.

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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2020, 08:54:19 AM »
Plus da hole print journalism thang dropped inta da chitter, aina?
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Re: MJS coverage: UW vs. MU / King vs. Morrow
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2020, 11:30:17 AM »
Every business has to decide where to focus its resources. The MJS is no exception. It focuses its sports reporting resources on the Green Bay Packers and, secondarily, on the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and Wisconsin Rodents football team.

Marquette and the Rodent basketball team are bit players UNLESS they are really good and during tournament time. The MJS gives people what they want, period.

Back in the day (get off my lawn you young whippersnapper), when we had a very colorful coach, dynamic players and consistently were a Top 5 team, it was different. It also helped that your two papers, radio station and local television station were the vast majority of local media in town. The MJS covered Marquette because we were really good and people were interested in the coming and goings of our team. We were one of the best in the country and we represented Marquette, Milwaukee and Wisconsin well.

Plus, it helped that the Green Bay Packers sucked in the 1970s, the Brewers were awful for several years and the Badgers were consistently awful.

Unsure what era you're talking about but pro sports are so good in mke/wi now I'm sure even if kaminsky and Dekker walked back into the kohl they'd be a blurb behind the bucks/brewers/packers.
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