Kobe Bryant bypasses conventional media with retirement announcement

From Ben Mullin at Poynter

Bryant’s first-person announcement comes as sports media is being reshaped by sea changes to the reporting, broadcasting, writing and publishing processes. Automation is empowering news organizations like The Associated Press to produce recaps en masse without the aid of reporters. The rise of livestreaming apps like Periscope is allowing fans to follow big-ticket sporting events without intermediaries like cable networks. Game stories, a longtime staple of sports coverage, are being produced under ever-tighter deadlines, if they’re written by reporters at all. And the trend toward online viewership has led to a spate of cord cutting that has sapped revenue from stalwarts like ESPN.

I think this overstates things a bit. It conflates "sports media" and "sports journalism," and assumes that things happening at the ESPN/pro level define sports journalism.