Thoughts on scribes

The Guardian is touting Gideon Haigh on its Ashes webpage as ‘the world’s best cricket writer’.

That’s the sort of boosterism that I thought those lefties at the Guardian were dead-set against. But I digress.

After all, how would you define someone as ‘the best cricket writer’? Is it because he’s the most readable writer going around, or because he is the most descriptive? And there is two definate styles of writing, the ‘reportage’ and the ‘analysis’. So that makes defining the ‘best’ an even more subjective task.

So in effect, there are multiple writers that could reasonably be classed as ‘the best’, by each individual. And there’s plenty of individuals with their own ideas. Who are your ‘best writers’? And what do you want your ‘scribes’ to be writing about?

Journalistic professionalism

It quickly became apparent during my two outings to The Oval and Lord’s that there are certain “do’s” and certain “don’ts” in the press box, and at press conferences. I thought there would be; I wasn’t expecting a free-for-all and a punch-up if your question got ignored. Although that’d be fun…

Someone clearly lacking any dignity is Val Thomas, writes Ryan:

After Ganga’s answer, Thomas wasn’t satisfied so he followed up by asking Ganga who his “Godfather” was, an obvious reference to team selector Joey Carew. The idea was to embarrass Ganga because Morton was not selected in the final XI.

As an accredited journalist covering the Test, Thomas has the right to ask any question. But, in his haste to make Ganga uncomfortable, he only served to embarrass himself.

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This is the problem with what passes for journalism in the Caribbean and Thomas is certainly not alone. There’s a Thomas in every country, a so-called journalist who puts on hometown blinkers and refuses to see rhyme or reason.

Thomas is a disgrace to the profession. A parochial, narrow-minded individual who decides to be disruptive because it serves his own insular interest.

Strong words, and he’s not alone either.

The media centre at Lord’s

A decidedly rubbish photo of my view from the media centre during the interval, England v Sri Lanka, June 18, 2006. I’m going to The Oval tomorrow and will have my proper camera with me – and I might pop into Lord’s on Wednesday (day off) to take some more of the media centre, assuming that’s ok with the powers that be.

Media centre at Lord's