Friday, May 01, 2009

Is Tony Jackson Also a Free Agent?

First Diamond Leung, now Tony Jackson? Scuttlebutt at Dodger Thoughts has it that Jackson has been let go by the Daily News. Jackson's blog was one of the finest—and frankly, last—places for up-to-the-minute Dodger information. He and Leung were beat writers who really took the time to address the internet crowd—no small matter when you're on deadline every night. Sorry to hear it if it's true, Tony. All the best.

As far as remaining beat writer blogs, we seem to be down to Ken Gurnick and the Press-Enterprise (Diamond's old stomping grounds), but both sites are updated only erratically. It makes you wonder: While the LA Times has wised up about Dodger blogs, other newspapers seem to be diminishing their Dodger blog presence. Is the gap between "official" reporting and blogging widening?

10 comments:

Steve Sax said...

P.S. If any newspaper wants to test this hypothesis by employing some anonymously-named Dodger bloggers, please email us at the address on the sidebar. We'd be happy to see if we could work out a content deal....

Steve Sax said...

Tony Jackson had no post from today, which is very strange for him...

Dusto Magnifico said...

strange!

Fred's Brim said...

this is no good - his was the second place I go when i am internetting the dodgers (here being the first). i think his combination of reporting both facts and his beatwriter's hunches are great

Rob said...

Not only was there no post from Jackson today, but yesterday's game recap featured a Jill Painter byline. Painter appears to be an at-large sports reporter. I guess they're one step closer to Chapter 7.

Steve Sax said...

Tony Jackson was replaced by a painter?

Rob said...

The injustice of it all — I'd be perfectly happy if they replaced Bill Plaschke with a plumber, but NOOO...

Roberto said...

Wow. This is sad news. First Diamond, now Tony !

Remember guys, Tony bought a house in front of Camelback Ranch ! Ouch, that hurts...

Hopefully he gets a job soon.

Steve Sax said...

Rob: At least plumbers get their hands dirty.

Mr. LA Sports Fan said...

Tony Jackson was my favorite columnist, and you could tell from his articles that he had a real passion for the Dodgers, and almost connected to the team on a personal level. He hurt as the Dodgers lost, and vice versa. If it's true, then I will save today's copy of the Daily News as a momento of a great writer and inspiration.