Archive for January 28th, 2009

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.