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Does a university have the right to tell reporters they can't tweet during news conferences?

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Baroclinicity's picture

A right?  Yes.  It's like telling someone they're not allowed to take pictures during a wedding or something. 
Is it cool?  Not really.  And like the Skully says, I doubt it's enforceable. 

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

William's picture

Sure they have the right, but it's pointless when anyone can sit at home, watch the live stream of the press conference and tweet about it...

bukyze's picture

The right?  Yes.
Petty and stupid?  Yes.

RBuck's picture

Of course. Their event, their rules.

Long live the southend.

theDuke's picture

^ This x1000


4dorr's picture

They are inviting the reporters into their house, follow the rules no matter how dumb they may be. The ones bitching are acting like a bunch of scorn little girls, get over it. It's a tweet for chirst sake, who freaking cares!


dubjayfootball90's picture

Like I said in the skully, if reporters can take a story out of context and run with it, coaches and a university have the right to tell reporters not to tweet.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

theDuke's picture

^and this x1000 too


yrro's picture

I really do not understand journalists. *Everyone* in the same room is tweeting these things at the same time. You're not getting a "scoop" on anyone. Why the heck can't you just post it all up in some coherent format twenty minutes later when you aren't actively ignoring the person you're "interviewing" to punch crap into your phone.

SilverBullet33's picture

This was my first thought. Somehow we all survived without Twitter back in the olden days. 

741's picture

Reporters are becoming so whiney in the current era.

hodge's picture

A press conference is, in and of itself, a forum for publicly released information.  Once said information has been disseminated (meaning after it's out of Urban's mouth), it's no longer the right of the host to determine how said information is reported.  In cases of closed practices, it's a different story, since reporters are being given the chance to see something that isn't meant to be viewed by the general public.

buck-I.8's picture

If the press exists to relay information, and it's a "press" conference, then it seems to defeat the purpose when followers of media members can't get news up to date. Much of my up to the minute news comes from tweets from Ozone writers.

BuckeyeTilIdie's picture

Basically, if said reporters do not agree with the HOUSE RULES-- well then, go report somewhere else!

Remember that in the end you will be judged not by what you believed, planned or dreamed; but, by what you did.

LadyBuck's picture

They don't have to hold a press conference. Plus, I would rather that journalists pay attention not only to what is being said, but how they're being said. If you're talking to someone, telling them personal or secret (ish) things, wouldn't you want them to actually pay attention? I think a well thought out article after observing everything is better than a bunch of tweets, missing something that was not said, and cappy article later.

hodge's picture

But therein lies the beauty of the free marketplace: if you don't listen/are obsessed with tweeting soundbytes, you'll write half-assed articles and eventually be replaced by someone who can provide a superior product - most likely because your crappy reporting has caused your readership to diminish.  It isn't Ohio State's place to tell reporters how to do their job as it isn't a reporter's place to tell Urban Meyer how to do his.

LadyBuck's picture

Fair enough. I think that if a coach is giving up time that he could be planning, recruiting, or preparing to talk to the media, they should actually pay attention. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

less things taken out of context

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Bucksfan's picture

Maybe someone who watches these conferences can answer this for me.  Are reporters too often repeating other reporter's questions to the point where it seems that they're not paying attention?  If so, then they're being pretty inconsiderate.  Bobby Knight would walk off if that happened.  Meyer would never do that.  He wants the media to "call him maybe."  So, it's such a passive aggressive way to tell people to pay the fuck attention to threaten to ban twitter.  Just tell people to pay attention or this is going to be a short conference.

SouthBayBuckeye's picture

who cares?

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ShadyBuckeye's picture

Im not allowed to text at work, how is that any different. Its actually kind of unprofessional to be on your phone at all at a press conference IMO. It doesnt matter to me one way or another this is an issue to some people and happens to be at Ohio State. Honestly if the scum coach did this I would say the exact same thing. I cant believe this is a news story, with the world we live in some people are worried about this?

Alex Root's picture

When dave biddle was on 97.10 he said he didn't really care about it. I guess what he eluded to is that for the fans if you follow a lot of these reports on twitter your feed will get bombarded by all of them at the same time with the same information. I don't use twitter so idk how that works but I saw who cares they can wait 20 min later and do it then. Also how can a reporter tweet and pay attention to the press conference at the same time wouldn't they miss information? I really don't know why this is such a big deal either.