• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on Can the New York Times Cover Sports without a Sports Desk?

  1. In recent years, I haven’t read The NY Times for its sports coverage, and with its news coverage becoming more and more biased, I rarely read the paper at all. It’s op-Eds are still good, as they are supposed to have points of view, even if I disagree with them. I will read the NYC tabloids for their sports coverage and nothing else. One tabloid has a decent sports section, but it’s news coverage, editorials, and op-Ed columnists are not only awful and biased, but they are also untruthful and spout stupid lies. After I read the Sports section I throw the rest of the paper in the trash. Sad.

    1. TURNPIKE TOM, You raise some really good points. You’re talking about the NYT but there is a growing disconnect between a news organizations politcal leanings, sports coverage and Op-Eds. It really does feel more and more like stories can appear in all three and the reader wouldn’t necessarily know the difference. But the good news about where we are as a journalistic ecosystem, readers have options … lots of them. And the smart play IMO, is to create a platform, a journalistic destination that leans into the concept of journalistic diversity so recognize the different, ever-changing evolution of how folks want to consume sports content. People like options and I’m not sold on our news organizations doing the best job of providing that on a relatively consistent basis.

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