SEATTLE – The University of Washington has created a bit of a Twit-storm.
On Monday, the school acknowledged it has amended its policy for media who cover Husky sporting events.
This comes after the a News Tribune Reporter tweeted they had been disciplined for their social media use during a Husky Basketball Game.
Also, tonight I was reprimanded by the University of Washington for tweeting too much during a live event.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) November 12, 2012
The University of Washington says the policy was instituted with the start of the football season.
The UW has a ‘Live Coverage Policy’ posted on its website, which reads in part:
“Credential Holders (including television, Internet, new media, and print publications) are not permitted to promote or produce in any form a “real-time” description of the event”….
“…as long as they do not exceed the recommended frequency (20 total in-game updates for basketball, 45 total in-game updates for football)…”
“If UW deems that a Credential Holder is producing a real-time description of the contest, UW reserves all actions against Credential Holder, including but not limited to the revocation of the credential.”
The UW says it has more to do with protecting digital rights holders, than prohibiting reporters to interact with people. Twitter has become a common way for fans to enhance their game viewing experience.
However, other schools don’t have the same policy.
WSU Sports Information Director Bill Stevens says “we ask media to not be descriptive in their play by play, but we allow it.”
Anna Prowehl, in the Sports Information office at the University of Oregon, also said the school had no limits for reporters. Oregon State University’s Steve Fenk sent a short statement on his school’s policy: “Tweet Away”.
Seattle University says it welcomes all the attention via Twitter. “There are no restrictions - the more updates and conversation the better,” writes Eric Guerra, SID at Seattle U.
In fact, SU Head Men’s Basketball Coach Cameron Dollar, formerly an assistant at UW, took a shot at his former employer in a response to Dybas:
@todd_dybas you are welcome to Tweet away at KeyArena! Come on over to the land of no restrictions...Haha
— Cameron Dollar (@Coach_Dollar) November 12, 2012