Archive for January, 2009

Fans (like this) shred poor reporting

January 30, 2009

Yes, what I’m about to show comes from what appears to be a biased blog, but that doesn’t mean the writer is not correct – that journalists should verify everything. (more…)

Duke routs Wake off the court

January 29, 2009

Psst. Did you hear? Wake Forest stunned No. 1 Duke last night on a last-second shot that is sure to be repeated on ESPN and local TV channels for days. (Not that the college newspaper wants you to know.)


No excuses. File gamers online.

January 28, 2009

Our college news publication is no different than any other. Advertising has slowed considerably, causing the Daily Eastern News to reduce its pages to eight several days each week, a situation that rankled a few ambitious sports editors accustomed to filling three-plus pages a day.

A week ago, the associate sports editor told me they were going to file only a game story on the men’s basketball game. Stop thinking you’re just a print publication, I said. File a side bar online.

Yesterday, I asked why we had not covered a weekend track and field event. No space. Did I mention that online option? He gets it now. I hope. He’s a sharp kid who has helped develop a daily sports blog. Still, I wonder when college journalists (and some pros) will accept the print edition is just one of the ways we present news.

Most college newspapers will stop printing a daily paper edition sooner than later. (more…)

Hello … again

January 28, 2009

So where the heck have I been? Spending most of my free time on a sport reporting text that will be published later this year. Deadlines. Sorry. I will catch up and keep up. For starters, check out this terrific sports feature published by a small college newspaper in New England. We need more stories like this.


Dallas newspapers to split sports coverage

January 13, 2009

The economy is hitting newspapers as hard as anyone. Some papers have cut staff, others are drastically reducing coverage. In northern Texas, the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph will soon split their coverage of NBA, NHL, and MLB teams. The Dallas Morning News will provide the Fort Worth Star-Telegram with its coverage of the Mavericks and the Stars. In return, the Star-Telegraph will share its coverage of the Texas Rangers. In football crazy Texas, though, neither team will stop covering the Cowboys.

This may be the beginning of creative changes in sports coverage. These newspapers, though, did not change their prep coverage, a beat that is growing in importance at both large and small newspapers. Independent Web sites lack the resources to cover the beat as strongly as local sports departments (so far).

We’ll see how other newspapers deal with diminishing print advertising revenue and fewer readers of their print publications. (Although online readership has grown.) Local sports coverage is one area where newspapers can develop a monopoly. When newspapers start sharing prep sports coverage, start to really worry.