Before football coach Urban Meyer’s press conference Monday, Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig laid down a ground rule for reporters: No using Twitter during Meyer’s conferences.
Akron Beacon Journal reporter Jason Lloyd says the move “reeks of a power-hungry program flexing a little muscle in a rare area where they don’t have any.”
After speaking with a couple of the school’s media relations people, the reasoning ranged from the success they had banning Twitter during some closed practices over the summer to how reporters can’t really listen to the news conference if they’re constantly tweeting what Meyer is saying.
My job is to decipher what is worthy of reporting instantly on Twitter and what is worth saving for later. I don’t need OSU officials to make the decision for me.
The press conference aired on the radio, Rick Chandler reports. Presumably listeners were free to tweet during the broadcast.