Journalist and author Iain Macintosh tells us how he uses Wyscout.
“You have to remember that you are not a scout,” an established journalist once told me. “Your job is to write about the game you see, or to write about the people that you meet. Don’t kill yourself trying to know everything about everything. You can’t.”
He was right, of course. And I wish I’d known that earlier. Time is a precious commodity and I’ve wasted far too much of it trying to watch all the football. People sometimes wonder why journalists don’t spend all day watching football, given that it’s…you know…their job and everything. But the truth is that all the other bits of the job get in the way, not least because sports desks are running with dramatically reduced staff levels these days.
There’s the writing, for example. That takes time. The reading, the travel, the phone calls, the stopping to think about stuff so that you don’t make mistakes. But tools like Wyscout can make it easier to at least keep abreast of the important things. And here are four ways it helps me.