1. Fantasy Sports Writers of America 2014 survey

100% of survey complete.

My name is Mead Loop, and for the past six years I have served as judge for the FSWA awards. I currently am playing in the FSWA Just Winners (http://baseball.fantasysports.yahoo.com/b1/20269) and Jason Collette (http://games.espn.go.com/flb/standings?leagueId=169588&seasonId=2014) leagues as Prof Loop. Thank you for giving me 10 minutes to ask 28 multiple-choice survey questions of journalism practices among fantasy sports writers. I will keep your responses anonymous.

http://faculty.ithaca.edu/mloop/ links to my professional profile, and my research specialty is the practice of fantasy sports journalists. Please email me at mloop@ithaca.edu with any survey thoughts you have.

Thank you once again. My goal is to promote best practices in fantasy sports journalism as a means to increasing credibility and participation.


Mead Loop
Associate Professor, Journalism
Ithaca College

1. How many years have you done fantasy sports journalism?

2. Male or Female

3. What is your primary fantasy sports responsibility?

4. My employer follows a written code of ethics.

5. What newsroom code of ethics do you follow?

6. If written codes apply, how are they used?

7. What are examples of unwritten codes that apply to your work?

8. How often do you refer to ethics codes when you have a question about a professional situation?

9. How much influence do journalism ethics codes have on my work?

10. The following questions follow this format: Choose one from "strongly agree," "agree," "neutral," "disagree" and "strongly disagree."

My employer decides what is and isn't ethical in my newsroom.

11. Fantasy sports reporters should attribute information from sources.

12. I attribute information by citation, hypertext link or forms of acknowledgment to avoid any suggestion of taking information from others without proper attribution.

13. Story ideas should not be borrowed from other sources.

14. The degree to which I meet the journalistic standards of ethics should have no impact on my professional advancement.

15. I would break ethical codes to gather news.

16. I make ethical decisions based on what I think my colleagues would do.

17. I behave ethically so I don't get caught doing the "wrong" thing.

18. I behave ethically because my audience expects me to do so.

19. I do not allow my personal fantasy teams to influence my reporting and analysis.

20. Entertaining readers is more important than informing them.

21. My reporting is more about analysis than breaking news.

22. Fantasy sports reporting is as professionally legitimate a beat as traditional sports coverage.

23. Audiences care more about fantasy sports than "traditional" sports coverage.

24. I use statistical research in my reporting.

25. I interview sports players in my fantasy reporting.

26. I use Twitter more for promotion or entertainment than for interviewing or reporting.

27. I use Facebook more for promotion or entertainment than for interviewing or reporting.

28. Fantasy sports is essential in sports journalism today.