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Every now and again a thread pops up on the Virtual Terrace about the state of media coverage in this country for rugby league. I know Iíve become a bit of a broken record on this subject but RLFANS could do so much more to help the coverage for our sport in this country grow. In fairness RLFANS has established a couple of new things in recent times such as an international rugby league fan site and a much improved homepage, which are both pretty much brilliantly run by justarugbyfan.
These are projects that I would had liked to have been massively involved in last year, but times have changed and Iíve moved onto other things. Besides, Iím happy as long as The Damo Bit gets published every week on Southstander because Iíve got everything that a writer could want on here, which is a essentially great audience. In the long run I do hope to find sponsorship for this column so that it can contribute to keeping RLFANS alive. Whether that sponsorship is going to come from a future project of mine, or somewhere else, remains to be seen.
Iíd love to become a published rugby league writer with a regular column on a printed media platform such as a magazine or a newspaper. I know that by doing this my writing would improve because Iíd be surrounded by people who are so good at it. However, I concluded around this time last month that it isnít happening and Iíve put whatever ambitions I had for professional rugby league journalism where the sun doesnít shine. It was the best thing Iíve ever done because look I was in the paper last week and it wasnít for rugby league. As far as Iím concerned if Iím good enough for my readers then Iím good enough for rugby league readerships across many platforms.
I hate having to state this because I really like most of the professional journalist involved in rugby league, but the championing and support of grassroots rugby league writing is a let down. For example in the age of Twitter it doesnít really take much for the established journalists of our game to publicise a grassroots blog. Iím sure that if one did this on a regular basis then more people would write about our great game because theyíre championed and supported by the best writers in the game. Most new rugby league blogs tend to fold pretty much straight away and there needs to be interventions to stop that from happening in the future because we will inevitably lose some good writers.
If professional journalists arenít prepared to put something together to help writing in rugby league grow then we fans are just going to have to do what we do best, and do it ourselves. If enough ask for it, then Iím sure RLFANS will put together a rugby league writers' forum. Ideally this forum would be an online hotbed of grassroots writers, publishers, editors, proof readers, marketing experts and much more. Together we could collaborate to help create the best online grassroots writer scene ever.
RLFANS is a hotbed of people with opinions from people who love to write about our game. Not all members of the forum set out to be professional journalists but I respect their opinions just as much as the opinions of the people who are getting paid to air an opinion or a match report.
Letís do this?
P.S. - The Damo Bit is now on twitter