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Plugged In: Aaron Kasinitz, The Diamondback
Published August 25, 2014, Page 3
I’d like to see more reporting on the way AAU kids are treated from 8th grade to 12th grade. College basketball recruiting is over-covered, but the impact that recruiting has on children and families is under-covered. There are stories beneath the surface that people haven’t delved into as far as they could.”
On stories that are popular at his paper: We don’t break as much news as The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post. We got a lot of clicks when former basketball manager Zach Lederer passed away; we confirmed that he had passed away from cancer before any other news sources. A lot of our features have done well, including one I wrote about Akil Patterson, who was a gay football player at Maryland about 10 years ago.
How he consumes sports: When I have the television on, I have my TweetDeck up. I’m following along reading tweets from athletes and sports writers who are watching the games. I prefer watching on TV, but I also stream a lot of games, most recently with the World Cup. As a student journalist, I use Twitter a lot. I use the Facebook app. I use apps like First Row Sports to stream games on my computer. I’m not a huge app guy.
On social media: I’m a Twitter and Facebook guy. I’m on Twitter constantly. I don’t get into Instagram. I’ve never been huge about sharing my own opinion, but I really like other people’s opinions, and that’s what Twitter is really for.
On a trend in journalism: Journalists are becoming part of the story more now with Twitter. You can see this with The Washington Post and The Huffington Post reporters getting arrested in Ferguson, Mo. That’s a trend that isn’t necessarily a good one.