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    Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    I donít know if youíve heard of The Athletic? https://theathletic.com/ Itís an American website with quality journalism on American sports. Itís a subscription service and I believe itís around £60 a year.

    That organisation is currently building a team of football writers by poaching the best journalists from national and local newspaper. There is some serious money flying around.

    Every Prem club will have its own reporter, donít know if that extends to City.

    Question Iím asking is, would you pay £60 a year to read more about football?

    I just canít see it. I donít think itís in our culture.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    We're more likely to read stuff for nothing on the internet than buy a paper.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric the Half a Bee View Post
    We're more likely to read stuff for nothing on the internet than buy a paper.
    Itís a website, not a paper. Lots of journalists jumping ship: https://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news...er-leaves-echo

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastbourneBlue View Post
    It’s a website, not a paper. Lots of journalists jumping ship: https://www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news...er-leaves-echo
    Why pay when we got “WALES-BALES” to fill us in with all the shite

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    Why pay when we got “WALES-BALES” to fill us in with all the shite
    I find wales bales is a very well read chap , you may not agree with the lad ,but his ability to are not in question

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    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    I find wales bales is a very well read chap , you may not agree with the lad ,but his ability to are not in question
    I came to praise Caesar, not kill him

    All lighten up, please

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    I find wales bales is a very well read chap , you may not agree with the lad ,but his ability to are not in question
    His ability to what I wonder?

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    I'd prefer to pay a pound every Saturday for a Football Echo.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    His ability to what I wonder?
    I enjoy his debates, as I do yours , both are articulate ,well positioned .

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLUETIT View Post
    I came to praise Caesar, not kill him

    All lighten up, please
    Yeh, lets get the cider and beer garden activities going

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Nope.

    I donít see what Iíd get out of sports journalism

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    No chance and I can't imagine many others would

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Simple answer. No. I can find everything I need on the internet

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by simonp_ccfc View Post
    Simple answer. No. I can find everything I need on the internet
    But there are somethings you never realised you needed until you have them.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Life on Mars is Wales Bales

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    No.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Iíd heard of it only because I sat opposite one of the Canadian hockey journalists in an airport lounge recently who was wearing a ĎThe Athleticí branded t-shirt. I looked it up did a weeks free trial and really enjoyed it - covers all sports (hard to find anything on The Championship though). Does have a bias to North American sports but the journalism is excellent I have to say - maybe the UK site is structured differently?

    There was an introductory offer which amounted to the equivalent of £1.75 a month for the first 12 months (cancel anytime). Iíve signed up - feels like very good value so far. Hey, some people pay a monthly subscription to join football message boards 😂

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    They just added the UK element. Have to say that the quality of the articles is very good. Theyíve just opened up the EFL as well as the EPL and my guess is theyíll expand the coverage further so that they have club by club coverage.

    TOBW - if thatís a possibility you should make contact and see if your mauve and yellow stuff could be part of it

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    I've seen a few writers who have signed up (Rafa Honigstein, Amy Lawrence, Michael Cox) and they are all good.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by lardy View Post
    I've seen a few writers who have signed up (Rafa Honigstein, Amy Lawrence, Michael Cox) and they are all good.
    Itís a really good read - really enjoy it on a Saturday and Sunday morning.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by StraightOuttaCanton View Post
    They just added the UK element. Have to say that the quality of the articles is very good. They’ve just opened up the EFL as well as the EPL and my guess is they’ll expand the coverage further so that they have club by club coverage.

    TOBW - if that’s a possibility you should make contact and see if your mauve and yellow stuff could be part of it
    Just had a look at the site, I might take up the free trial offer because it looks pretty good.

    Given the way they go on about the top names in writing being involved, I can't see them being interested in Mauve and Yellow Army, but it would be interesting to see who gets picked if they ever have a writer on City.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Monk View Post
    I'd prefer to pay a pound every Saturday for a Football Echo.
    LMAO

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    There was a programme on Radio 4 about this a couple of days ago.
    They are setting up a new thing for UK as Straight-o-canton says covering all the clubs. I don't know if they have 1 per club but the journos are all the top Newspaper writers from UK papers who have been cherry-picked to do the stories.
    The girl promoting it said that they might write about something a day later than the dailies but it will be far more in depth and that the journalists will go behind the scene to report everything about a club its players and its management, not just the last game, so a supported can know as much as possible about his team.
    She sounded quite confident it would take off.

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    Re: Will you pay for quality football journalism?

    Quote Originally Posted by xsnaggle View Post
    There was a programme on Radio 4 about this a couple of days ago.
    They are setting up a new thing for UK as Straight-o-canton says covering all the clubs. I don't know if they have 1 per club but the journos are all the top Newspaper writers from UK papers who have been cherry-picked to do the stories.
    The girl promoting it said that they might write about something a day later than the dailies but it will be far more in depth and that the journalists will go behind the scene to report everything about a club its players and its management, not just the last game, so a supported can know as much as possible about his team.
    She sounded quite confident it would take off.
    My questions would be, how exactly are they going to go ďbehind the scenesĒ? Just like The Echo doesnít have the access it once did, neither will these guys. Clubs are in control.

    And do supporters really want to read 3,000 words about something they found out about the day before? I do not.

    I have spoken to one of the journalists who has transferred from a paper to this group (not Cardiff). He has been offered what I would consider very good money indeed to sit at home and write between 3 and 4 articles a week. Good for him, but I have no interest, or indeed time, to consume any more Cardiff City than I already do, and Iíd consider myself a pretty serious fan.

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