Adopt A Journalist: Jesse Rogers


This first example is one of the many unique things that Jesse Rogers does as a multimedia journalists as he periscopes Chicago Cubs’ practices and batting practices. This allows the viewers at home to get a feel of what he sees on field.


This is one of many different appearances Rogers makes on the radio. In this case, he serves his role as a beat reporter by appearing on someone else’s radio show to provide team information.


This is a case of Rogers adding to his radio versatility. Instead of being the one providing information on the podcast, Rogers has turned into the one asking the questions. It shifts him into another versatile role.


Rogers resumes his role here as a beat reporter with information who joins someone else’s talk show. Except this time, it is on live television rather than just the radio. Rogers has several different roles on tv and joining different networks to speak on the Cubs is a big one.


This example turns over to Rogers’ writing ability–his main focus as a beat reporter for the Cubs. This piece specifically is a column written by Rogers and it adds to his versatility of a multimedia journalist obviously because of his focus to write as well.


This example provides an overall look at Rogers’ work as it his website which shows all his work on several platforms of media. Rogers could not be a multimedia journalist if he did not have a place to combine all of his different kinds of work on a site such as this.


This is a link to an expanded tweet which also serves as something many journalists have been adapting to. When Rogers has a tweet that expands the 140 character limit, he links it back to ESPN’s website where the full tweet can be seen. It is yet another form f media for Rogers’ as twitter is a major part of his work as a beat reporter.


This example serves as a little two-in-one action. Rogers’ has a typical game recap written story for online readers, and as a multimedia journalist, he has attached a video of highlights for the game which links back to ESPN. Overall, it adds to a complete content package as it gives the audience both media platforms.


This goes on as another major part of Rogers’ arsenal of work as he films the post-game interviews and posts them immediately following the game. It shows the change in media as he is no longer just inserting quotes into a story; instead, he gives his audience the entire interview.


This example completes Rogers’ package as a multimedia journalist as he adds this photo of Cubs’ players signing autographs before a game. Rogers takes advantage of his on-field privilege by using these several platforms to share with his audience or readers.

Jesse Rogers is a perfect example of what a multimedia journalist should be in today’s society. With all the access reporters have to locker rooms, stadiums, and being able to get on field, there is so much that fans and viewers should be able to see. Not to mention the great deal of technology that has emerged and taken over our generation.

Rogers uses so many different platforms to share news or entertainment with the Cubs’ biggest fans or just fans of the game of baseball. He makes a good example because of his versatility as a whole, but specifically because of his writing ability. In my eyes, the best multimedia journalists begin as good writers, because if I am going to have any interest in their video blogs or interviews then they have to know what they are talking about. And, they have to be able to talk about those things well. In Rogers’ case, he had previously been a beat reporter for the Chicago Blackhawks in a time where technology may not have been as advanced. But to me, it made him a better writer because he had to become so creative while covering some struggling Hawks teams and pitiful Cubs teams. Now, Rogers has writing in the bag and has been able to advance his work into many different forms of on-air media. Whether I am in my car listening to ESPNChicago or tuning into Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Rogers seems to always find his way on air. His insight is something that viewers and co-journalists care about enough as they continue to bring him onto several different shows or podcasts. I think his ability to adapt into that role is a big deal, because many times you see beat reporters who just look like they do not belong on television.

Some beat reporters just seem like all they can do is write, and that is fine, but Rogers has surpassed that. His examples of shooting live periscope video during batting practices makes a fan like me continue to follow along with him. There have been times that I have subscribed to Rogers’ twitter account, because what he provides on social media can interest me at any time. The way he utilizes social media and twitter specifically to share interesting videos and stories from the team is something that has set him apart from other team reporters. I have also watched many Cubs’ press conferences and Rogers does a fine job of being able to make sure the viewer can see everything he sees in a clubhouse. It may just be the norm of journalists these days, but all in one night I have seen Rogers post five or more stories in the course of day with an additional podcast, live interview, and on-air recap. His versatility is something that makes him one of the better examples of a multimedia journalists and especially in sports. There is so much going on in sports and even more so with a reigning world champion like the Chicago Cubs, yet Rogers never fails to miss a beat.




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