They also got Moore-Towers and Moscovitch.
Afterr they took on USFS directly, it would hardly be a surprise if anyone with anything to lose refused to speak to them at SLC.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I can't believe all the hate directed at TSL. They do amazing work.
Dave was toxic as Aunt Joyce, and now he is toxic as part of "TSL."
Leopards can not change their spots and people do not change their character. Toxic is toxic. TSL will be toxic to Jenny, toxic to Dave and toxic to any skaters stupid enough to talk openly to that cretin.
However, that's not the biggest reason why TSL is unlikely to enjoy the success of other blogs: the main problem is that there simply isn't enough of an audience for figure skating content, be it traditional or non-traditional. Whereas food bloggers, HLBs, running bloggers and fashion bloggers have a much bigger market that they can tap into if they succeed. I just did a quick search on Twitter for several bloggers whose blogs I've read/heard about, and all have considerably more followers than TSL.
Aarons too? OK, I need to look at their site(s) more carefully.
Running around the stands asking people for interviews? No, totally fan-ish. One usually asks the agent (if there is one) or the PR person (if there is one) or if they're minors, the coach or parents. Beyond that they would certainly approach skaters in a time and place that is appropriate to chat for a minute and arrange a meeting. Just because people were in the stands watching the competition doesn't mean that it was the right time to approach them for an interview. These things are most often, not always, arranged in advance of the event largely so the skater has control of his/her time to prepare for their sessions (no one wants to talk to anyone before competing and I'm sure Jenny knows that one) and implement their competition plan.
I'm quite sure that that USFSA did no such thing in SLC and more broadly they have no policy that keeps skaters away from journalists without credentials. As has been discussed previously, TSL's access to skating folks is in no way restricted - they can contact anyone, arrange an interview with anyone who accepts the invitation.
I'm not sure if I recall correctly - I was under the impression that TSL was at SLC to do interviews (as well as cover the event), not get interviews - didn't they have their interviews lined up ahead of time? For some reason I thought that they did. Maybe I'm wrong.
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It's true that Project Rungay/Tom and Lorenzo had a much more professional look even when it was small, but in defense of TSL, it's also much easier to have that look when your content is commenting on images taken by professional photographers. The only thing that T&L really had to concern themselves with for many years other than being snarky was the design of the site which was a trivial matter for what they were doing. For TSL to be able to do its lengthy video interviews in a more professional setting and manner, it would have to have a lot of cash to cover frequent travel to meet subjects at times that are convenient for them, high quality equipment, additional staff, etc. I am not a fan of TSL, but I understand why many of their interviews are "from the bedroom".
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I think they had plenty of access to skaters- they talked about Dave being in a hotel room right next door to someone (Chris Caluzula?). So they also had access to skaters outside of sitting in the stands. They could easily asked the skater, the coach, their parents, whomever, if there was time to set up a quick interview, or arrange a long skype one later.
I think their skype interviews are fabulous; but their event recaps this weekend, while greatly appreciated, were no less 'fan-ish' than the Spanish "Orange Team" question games (which I love) done at various events or anything posted on the PBP thread here.
For all I know they've arranged plenty of interviews to take place at a later date. The LONG interviews they do don't lend themselves well to competition weekend.
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Willoway, are you suggesting that we will see a lot of TSL skater interviews coming out of SLC in the coming weeks? That would make sense. I was expecting more of a live, here we are in SLC type of interview as their remote interview format seems to be working fine.
The Moore-Towers/Moscovitch interview was planned before SLC. They weren't "running around the stands" asking to interview anyone.
I don't know that and actually I didn't even intend to suggest it, but yes, it does make sense. What I was trying to point out was that TSL had full access to anyone who wanted to talk to them (forget any conspiracy theory re: the USFSA) - as you suggest, what they achieved with that access may yet to be seen.Willoway, are you suggesting that we will see a lot of TSL skater interviews coming out of SLC in the coming weeks? That would make sense. I was expecting more of a live, here we are in SLC type of interview as their remote interview format seems to be working fine.
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Anyway, your point is a good one. It'd be smart for TSL to include more written content on its site.
We live in an ageist society where everything is based on youth, but I hated being 18. I don't like teenagers any more now than I did then. I'm 49 now and there is no way that I'd go back to my teens and 20s - even if I knew what I know now, I don't want to go through all that again. I found it a very difficult time. - Buzz Osborne of the Melvins