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My Message to High School Journalists

In case you're curious, I showed the high school journalism students my video of the Wizards discussing Gil's party, and a You Tube (via Deadspin via Sports By Brooks) video of Bill Cowher shirtless on the beach, and the Gil-DeShawn shooting competition, and Gil's MySpace page, and the best-dressed Wizard poll, and told them I'd like to show them With Leather but I didn't want to corrupt their fragile young minds, and I showed them and Terrapin Times, and I tried to convince all of them that they're crazy if they're dreaming of careers in print sports journalism. (In case any Wizards PR guys are reading this, one astute young journalist told me that he'd noticed that the Wizards do more cutting-edge stuff like the best-dressed poll than your average NBA team. I agreed.)

I also asked the students where they got their sports news. Ninety percent of them answered with something that started with the letters ESPN. One guy said he liked reading Kornhesier and Wilbon columns because he's seen them on PTI, but he pointed out that they don't seem to be in the newspaper much nowadays. True. One young lady said (I swear) "Thank God" when they announced the first session was over. She didn't like sports and had been forced to attend my session. One guy said he doesn't like going to message boards because no one has anything interesting to say. I told him he should read my commenters.

Then, at the end, all the Post presenters were asked to summarize their message. The serious people had meaningful advice that I guess would help prospective journalists in their careers. My advice was to try to find video clips of NFL head coaches on the beach without their shirts on.

By Dan Steinberg  |  February 6, 2007; 3:00 PM ET
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That is some sound advice. And I totally agree With leather would warp some fragile young minds. But once they hit college they'll all move away from The World Wide Leader and join us in the underground. If you really wanted to give them sound advice you should done a case study on Jamie Mottram. Blogger goes on to appear on Cold Pizza and flirt with Dana Jacobson and host a live podcast during the superbowl.

Posted by: Marc | February 6, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Dan, you've become a mentor, or a role model, or something.
I hope you told them that they need to get a nice fedora-esque press hat, even if they only post online. Gives em street cred!
you got cred bro

Posted by: Sway | February 6, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

It was the best advice I've ever gotten. Honest. Well actually, Wilbon's helpful "be better than them" tip from a little while back was a little better. I guess once the bog goes to tv, you'll be able to give such sage advice.

Posted by: Max | February 6, 2007 9:11 PM | Report abuse

In ten years we will all look back at today as the turning point where Steinberg became more than The Bog-meister, he became a hero. Sniffle.

Posted by: Dave | February 7, 2007 3:34 AM | Report abuse

I think it's our patriotic duty to tell people who want to be journalists to find a less masochistic line of work.

Posted by: Beau | February 7, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

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