It’s just about time for training camp, y’all! The San Francisco 49ers report on Wednesday, July 25th, and hold their first practice on Thursday, July 26th. They kick off their preseason schedule on August 9th against the Dallas Cowboys, but this gives us some semblance of football in the meantime.
The return to football means information will be flowing fast and furious, leaving us with plenty to dissect each day. Jennifer Chan will be on hand to offer first hand observations, but there will be plenty of other reports from beat writers on hand.
We used to do an annual pre-training camp post in which we offered up a rundown of all the notable social media accounts to follow during training camp. We did not do that last year, but I thought we would bring it back this year. I realize not everybody is on social media, but there are numerous ways to track the team. Twitter and Instagram are the big ones, but Facebook, Snapchat, and other options are out there.
The media gets access to the first two weeks of practice, and will have tweets during, and reports after, breaking down everything that happened. We'll keep an eye on what comes out of camp, but for the quick, live information, you'll want to keep an eye on Twitter. Instagram provides some useful photos and videos, but Twitter remains the primary news source. It's worth noting that for the media tweets, I'll have an embedded list in our daily open thread, so if you're not on Twitter, you won't be in the dark.
The 49ers have numerous media members following them, and this list is not all-inclusive, so please feel free to add any suggestions I might have overlooked. Jennifer Chan will be there on behalf of NN for much of the next two weeks of practice, so give her a follow on Twitter and Instagram. You can follow Niners Nation on Twitter and Facebook, and we now have an Instagram account.
The first group of reporters are the people expected to be on site just about every day of training camp. They will have frequent updates on Twitter and at their websites. You can check each one individually, or you can check out this list. The biggest change this year has Matt Barrows moving from the Sacramento Bee to The Athletic.
The second group are folks that might be there for stretches, but won’t be there as much as the beat writers. It is primarily columnists, but includes some other folks as well. Tim Kawakami covers all Bay Area sports, and likely will split some time between the 49ers and Raiders, while wrapping up the Giants and A's seasons. Ted Nguyen handles film breakdown for The Athletic, but makes appearances here and there.
Matt Barrows - The Athletic - Instagram
Chris Biderman - Niners Wire (USA Today)
Eric Branch - San Francisco Chronicle
Grant Cohn - Press Democrat
Cam Inman - San Jose Mercury News - Instagram
David Lombardi - The Athletic - Instagram
Matt Maiocco - CSN Bay Area - Instagram
Ryan Sakamoto - NinerFans.com - Instagram
Tracy Sandler - Fan Girl Sports Network - Instagram
Nick Wagoner - ESPN
Dan Brown - San Jose Mercury News
Jimmy Durkin - The Athletic
Tim Kawakami - The Athletic
Ann Killion - San Francisco Chronicle
Kevin Lynch - KNBR
Janie McCauley - Associated Press
John Middlekauff - The Athletic
Ted Nguyen - The Athletic
I have a Twitter list of the 49ers players that are on Twitter. For those not familiar with Twitter, in that link, click on "List members" on the left side to see just the list of accounts for each player. Obviously they will not be tweeting during practice, but they can have some interesting stuff before and after.
The 49ers have two in-house reporters in Joe Fann and Keiana Martin who provide daily updates and analysis. They will offer criticisms, but not as much as the regular beat writers. That’s to be expected for team employees, but they do still provide some quality content. They will tweet out various observations, while the official account is more for links, videos, and photos.
49ers official Twitter Account - Official Instagram account
Joe Fann - Senior Reporter
Keiana Martin - Team Reporter
John Lynch - General Manager
Bob Lange - PR Director
Dan Beckler - Director, Football Communications
Peter Volmut - Coordinator, Football Communications
Terrell Lloyd - Team photographer - Instagram
Johnny Volk - Social Media Manager
Matthew Asher - Digital Media Coordinator
Matt Sisneros - Graphic Designer
Aaron Llavore - Art Director
Robert Alberino - VP/Executive Producer, 49ers Studios
Al Guido - President
Jed York - CEO
Jordan Mazur - Coordinator of Nutrition & Sports Dietitian
Katie Sowers - Offensive Assistant Coach - Instagram