Jack Shafer

Move over Bezos, ESPN can do news better than you

By Jack Shafer
October 23, 2013

The pompous slogan, “The Worldwide Leader in Sports,” actually undersells ESPN’s ultimate potential.

Journalism’s new Marquee Brothers

By Jack Shafer
August 21, 2013

When Nate Silver packed his FiveThirtyEight.com flag into a box this summer and trundled it from the New York Times, where it had flown for the last three years, for planting at ESPN, he cemented his status as one of the Marquee Brothers, that fraternity of overachieving reporters whose journalistic triumphs have inspired media outlets to grant them nation-state status inside the greater organization.

Nate Silver and a general theory of media exodus

By Jack Shafer
July 22, 2013

The defection of statistics-wrangler¬†Nate Silver from the status peaks of the New York Times for the flatlands of ESPN and ABC News puts a dent in the newspaper’s self-esteem and the orthodox view that for journalists, a Times position equals career success.

Poynter chat: Should journalists support Trayvon Martin, Gov. Walker recall?

March 28, 2012

Reuters columnist Jack Shafer will discuss Gannett’s response to journalists who supported the Gov. Scott Walker recall in Wisconsin, as well as how ESPN handled the Trayvon Martin situation, specifically by dropping the ban that prevented its staff from publishing photos of themselves wearing hoodies.