Michael Kim’s still a pioneering force in sports journalism

Michael Kim (right) listens during a Sports Task Force event at the Asian American Journalist Association convention in San Francisco. Kim is joined by ESPN's New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets writer Ohm Youngmisuk.

Michael Kim (right) listens during a Sports Task Force event at the Asian American Journalist Association convention in San Francisco. Kim is joined by ESPN’s New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets writer Ohm Youngmisuk.

I like to think of Michael Kim as the journalist for impatient sports fans.

Many people know Kim from his days at ESPN. He actually got his start with the network in 1996 with the launch of ESPN News. Before the internet and instantaneous results on your phone or PC, ESPN News was a 24-hour service that fans could check in at anytime to get up to date on the latest results.

Kim went on to anchor SportsCenter as well as filled in for “Outside The Lines” and “First Take,” among other things.

Last year, Kim made the surprise move of leaving the “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” when he took a job with 120 Sports, which provides on-demand sports highlights and analysis in two-minute video segments.

And all videos are to fit into two minutes, hence the reason for the 120 names referring to the total seconds.

It’s an innovative app, voted among the best by ITunes and continues to grow.

Below is my interview with Kim during the Asian American Journalist Association convention. Kim, as well as myself, are involved with the Sports Task Force.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/70914929

I’ve grown to really like 120 Sports. While ESPN is my main source for sports news, it can get tedious waiting through the deflategate stories to get to highlights I want to see. With 120 Sports, I can find the highlights and thoughtful analysis from a very impressive team of experts. They do provide some fresh perspectives if you are looking for something different from ESPN’s crew.

This is a venture with Sports Illustrated and several of the major sports leagues, including Major League Baseball, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, and several college conferences.

Check it out when you get a chance.

http://www.120sports.com/video

Also, for those of you who will have interest in the AAJA Sports Task Force, we have two sites.

The Facebook page has stories posted from the various AAJA journalists covering a wide array of sports.

https://www.facebook.com/AAJASportsJournalists?ref=bookmarks

And if you want to learn more about the organization, the link to the AAJA Sports Task Force is below.

http://sportstaskforce.com/

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