Wednesday, April 29, 2015

BWB6: SB Nation's Spencer Hall on their network's Josh Hamilton post

I'm in Chicago for Blogs With Balls 6 and taking plenty of notes. I'll be posting my notes from each panel here for the use of anyone who wants to check them out. Keep in mind that these are highlights, not complete transcripts. Every effort is given to be as accurate as possible; apologies for any transcription mistakes. Here are my notes from the Q+A session with SB Nation editorial director and Every Day Should Be Saturday's Spencer Hall, focusing on the questions he was asked about how the network handled the situation with a rogue post on their Angels' blog about Josh Hamilton (SB Nation has since parted ways with the blogger in question).

On the Hamilton post, and the challenges with having people in their affiliate network who are not full SB Nation employees: "It is difficult at times."
"Hopefully the goal is to groom people to run these sites in a way that's within our editorial guidelines."
"That's where you cross the line, where you do something inhumane."
He woke up and saw the post around 8, the guy was gone by noon.

On the Josh Hamilton post and how it differs from EDSBS satire: "The line itself is fuzzy,"
"It's the respect for the form."
Satire: The Onion is a good example: "There is no line for them."
"You have to have your definition of what you do and what you are as a writer and live within those rules."
"It seemed like something that was unnecessarily malicious, beyond all rationale."

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