Wow, Rabalais leaving The Advocate to be a blogger

Scott Rabalais, a longtime sportswriter for The Advocate (The Baton Rouge daily, not the national gay newspaper) is jumping ship from the print world to the web world, going to work as a blogger for TigerGumbo.com, part of an ESPN-associated startup network of sports blogs.

Man, what has this world come to? I went to J-school with Mr. Rabalais and worked indirectly with him as he contributed sports stuff for LSU Magazine when I was a student staffer there. He stuck around Baton Rouge, got a job at the local newspaper and stuck around for 19 years. And now, instead of continuing the inevitable devolution of a local sportswriter (you become Sam King, then ultimately you become that crazy guy who covered high school sports and ate sardines right out of the can in the newsroom … Ted something?), he’s making the jump to the “new media” world of “blogging”.

It’s hard to say whether The Advocate is in cost-cutting mode and encouraged Rabalais to take an early-retirement package to help shed expenses (that’s happening in a big way with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution here, and he mentions Williams Weathers moving to Rivals.com as well) or that this is simply a considered career shift for Rabalais, but it’s a big deal for somebody so associated with hometown coverage of the hometown team to jump over to Internet media.

I’ll be interested to see whether Baton Rougeans follow Rabalais over and start getting their LSU insight online (and whether LSU gives him the same access as print and TV media) or if they just keep reading The Advocate and whatever dude they put on the LSU beat.

But good luck to Mr. Rabalais in this brave new world.

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6 Responses to “Wow, Rabalais leaving The Advocate to be a blogger”

  1. TCL says:

    Yeah, I saw the Rabelais column this morning and was going to email you, but got sidetracked (stupid work). Interesting shift, from the predictable, steady daily newspaper gig to the unpredictable web of computer internets. I suppose that it is ESPN-backed and covering LSU sports, for which there’s never an audience wanting, gives it a greater chance of success. Anyway, nice, if somewhat overly self-conscious, Fletch reference.

    Ted Castillo.

  2. Scott says:

    Yeah, saw this and thought you would blog about it. I remember reading him in the reveille back in school. Of course I was in school for so long I probably read a couple of writers sports columns. Why don’t you find a nice job like this? Sounds like it would fit you well. (who needs experience when you have the web)!

  3. Cap'n Ken says:

    Wow, Scott – I thought you were killed in ‘Nam! You gonna be around for games this year, pal?

  4. scott says:

    Of course. But getting tickets to said games is another matter all together! You bringing the little one down for her first Tiger game this year?

  5. J.K. Smith - Retired in Mexico says:

    As the song goes, “the times they are a changin”. The newspaper biz is getting squeezed more and more. Sometimes ya gotta “shift gears” and do something else. Seven years ago I “shift gears” sold my business and retired to Ajijic, Mexico… my little piece of paradise.

    All I can say is, “Senor Rabalais, I wish you well”.

    Lovin My Mexico Retirement
    J.K. Smith

  6. Hanna says:

    I thought I wasnt going to like this blog but more I read the more I liked it.

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