Different list, same flaws.
The Hockey News released its annual list of people with power and influence this month. I mentioned last year that the list completely ignores those with online influence and even cited one blogger who broke a major story in 2011. The good news is they included Dellow in their list this year. The bad news is, they ignored everyone else.
Here’s what Jason Kay, the editor of The Hockey News, says about the top 100 people of power and influence:
“We consult handfuls of industry experts to validate, or deny, names we have in mind and to unearth people we may not have considered. And it’s important to us that the list reflects all aspects of our world: from executives to players; from heads of industry to media; from viewers to doers” (P. 4).
First off, there isn’t much to get fired up about since the list lacks any real research. Its based on the top newsmakers of the years, plus the opinions of those within the hockey community. Secondly, Kay (2012) wants to reflect all aspects of our world, but leaves out fans and online activity. The kicker for me is the last part claiming that the list wants to include everyone “from viewers to doers” (P. 4). How about viewers that are doers? Fans that do more than just consume the product but actually do something with what’s available.
I’ll leave it to The Hockey News to come up with their lists. But until they start exploring more than newsmakers and use valid and reliable research methods, it’ll lack any credibility.
Campbell, K. (2012). 100 People of Power and Influence. The Hockey News, 65 (14), p. 16-31.
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I’m reading this magazine does anyone know what “last year” means? Thanks I don’t understand it and if anyone could help it would be great 🙂
Not sure what you’re looking for. Where does it say “last year” in the magazine?
In 100 people of power and influence it will tell what the person does then it will say last year
For example it says:
Pittsburgh Penguins center
Last year 4
“Last year” refers to their ranking in the previous years list. So last year, Crosby was at number 4 in the top 100 list.
Thanks it makes more sense now 🙂