The Flyers and Media Keep Trolling Each Other Over Instagram Thing

Voila_Capture136Last week, we chronicled the delight that was Flyers beat writers exhibiting weird self-righteous indignation over the Flyers’ decision to name their starting goaltender by instantly gramming a picture of Steve Mason’s locker.

Well, over the weekend, the Flyers kept trolling beat writers… by doing it again and again:

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Now, the obvious evolution of the Instagram announcement would have been if the Flyers announced Peter Laviolette’s firing by tweeting a picture of a noose– a joke made by many yesterday.

They didn’t do that, but still, the continued use of Instagram to announce their starting goalie meant that old school beat writers like Rob Parent of the Delco Times continued to whine and carry on about the practice, this despite being thoroughly humiliated last week:

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Joking aside, I’m genuinely perplexed by this ongoing reaction from Parent. The announcement of a starting goaltender may be the second biggest bit of commodity news behind the starting lineup in baseball. It’s merely a fact that can be pumped out to fans instantaneously in a dozen different ways. There’s almost no value a writer or reporter can add beyond the generic: This is [name]’s [number] start of the season. In his previous [number] starts, he went [record] with a [number] GAA and a [number] save percentage.

What’s more is that the goalie is usually announced on gameday, maybe nine hours before the game. Yet the most vicious defenders of the sanctity of this news item are newspaper writers, who have little if anything to gain from breaking this news. To them, it’s basically worth a Tweet and a short blog post, which I can’t imagine anybody would read.

This is the problem with the old school media mentality– it’s not that their medium is dying, it’s that they can’t comprehend that you don’t need to relay information using methods meant for the dying medium. To a newspaper writer, a news item like the announcement of a starting goalie warrants a short article written in the traditional AP inverted pyramid style. But, in actuality, the only people who would care about such a thing don’t need 100-150 words with background and context– they simply need a picture of a player’s locker, or a Tweet, or six words: Steve Mason is your starting goaltender. And since there are now dozens of mediums through which to broadcast the message, there’s no use in having six writers all write the exact same article. The team can just tell you, quickly and effectively.

To me, this is the biggest issue for older media outlets. They try to use methods created for their older mediums on new mediums.

Newspaper articles are written in a particular style because they were meant to be printed in newspapers! Stories online don’t need to be told that way.

Talk radio is formatted so that, every 10-12 minutes, there can be a commercial break. Podcasts don’t need to be structured this way.

TV shows have cliffhangers to conclude one episode and entice people to come back for another. Netflix series, released all at once, don’t need to do this.

You get the point. Parent does not. He keeps tweeting things like this:


I have a Communications degree in Journalism (it really helped with making jerking off GIFs) and I’m still not 100% sure what a mainbar is. And most of Parent’s followers certainly don’t know or care what it means. There is no mainbar-sidebar online. There just is.

Tim Panaccio does this sort of thing, too:

Voila_Capture134That’s maddening. If I’m his editor, I say to him: Stop talking old-timey, old sport. You work for an online-only outlet! Bully!

This problem isn’t exclusive to Flyers beat writers, but they’re by far the best example of it. And this whole Instagate thing illustrates it perfectly.

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44 Responses

  1. I think their main gripe is that, by the Flyers announcing the starter via Instagram, the writers don’t get their chance to be the FIRST to “break” the news via Twitter. I don’t get where this whole “I tweeted it first” mentality came from when you have 19 other writers who are going to tweet the same thing a millisecond later. The Eagles writers during training camp are prime examples of this.

  2. The beat writers don’t like goalie announcement being on twitter. They want to know who’s starting first…. So THEY can announce it over twitter. Bunch of Whiney fucking idiots.

  3. Why don’t these guys acutally come up with a story- like get reaction from Peter Laviolette instead of bitching about Instagram? Parent is a HACK

  4. You don’t hear about the Phillies’ beat writers whining that the club tweets out the lineup before they do– they either RT it or send their 140-character tweet with a pic of the lineup. It’s kinda funny to watch my feed blow up with 6 scriptuals (that’s such a KS word) tweeting the same picture, but really who the hell cares?

    These Flyers writers need to grow the hell up…

  5. Every single one of the flyers beat writers is god awful. They are a disgrace, give me Helen St. James or Bill Meltzer.

    Believe it or not Randy Miller made me miss Chuck Gormley

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  6. I heard Randy Miller still travels on the road with Timmy P. I also heard there was a real close call the other night at The Marriot in North Carolina. Randy had a noose tied around Tim’s neck and they both had a little too much wine. While Randy was in the moment Erotiacally asphyxiating Tim he forgot the safe word and Randy would not stop. Tim’s twitching increased and he almost died, while Randy dropped his unemployed NUTT all over sheets and carpet.

    Lets just say , Tim will not receiving his Marriot REWARD POINTS on this stay

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