If you’re wondering if there’s a distinction between mainstream print journalism and fan websites, it came up last week.
That’s when Dennis Latta, who wrote for Loboland.com, reportedly quit his job over New Mexico’s NCAA tournament loss to Harvard.
“I’ve had it. I’ve been to my last Lobo basketball game,” Latta wrote.
Interestingly, Latta was once a columnist at the Albuquerque Journal. But lately he worked for the Rivals site, covering New Mexico. His reason for firing himself? The Lobos had let him down one too many times.
Latta is a good guy. I’ve known him for a lot of the years he covered New Mexico for the Journal. He wrote some fine columns. But I can’t imagine a newspaper columnist quitting over a team losing. All I can figure is that fan site writers have more invested in the outcome. They’re encouraged to care. Objectivity probably isn’t their first priority.
As for me, I’d only quit if they stopped serving food in the pressroom.