Posts Tagged ‘Daily Trojan’

Life and death in a small Fla. town

September 13, 2009
The Michigan Daily's Andy Reid traveled to Pahokee, Fla., to learn more about the challenges several Wolverine players faced while growing up. Photo/Max Collins Design/Lan Truong

The Michigan Daily's Andy Reid traveled to Pahokee, Fla., to learn more about the challenges several Wolverine players faced while growing up. Photo/Max Collins Design/Lan Truong

Football saves lives in the impoverished town of Pahokee, Fla., which is much farther away from ritzy Palm Beach than a map would show. A town in the midst of sugar cane fields and marshes, Pahokee is also a place that takes lives at an early age. Gangs recruit kids, called ‘jitterbugs,’ to transfer weapons and money around town. As one kids says: “There’s nothing to do here. It’s easy to get into smoking weed, robbing, they even started killing around here.” Yet, it’s also a town that dominates state football, winning five championships over the past six years.

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Southern Cal doesn’t offer cross-country scholarships? That’s hardly a shocker

November 9, 2008

Southern Cal spent $76 million on its athletic programs last season, a total that includes expenses related to travel, scholarships and equipment, among other things. The university spent more than $20 million on its football team, the only sport at USC that generated a net profit last year. Few teams generate a net profit – even at a larger, successful program like Southern Cal’s, despite what most people will have you believe. But that’s okay. Neither academic nor athletic programs are developed to generate income. Education is a university’s mission. Yet, sometimes a disparity, or inequity, is worth noting. Last week, the Daily Trojan revealed that the women’s cross country team does not have any scholarships. Instead, the team relies on walk-ons and track runners. The story does not dive into this inequity, nor does it offer specific reasons behind the team’s relative success against Pac-10 rivals, but the story does offer enough information to make you wonder how a varsity team at a major athletic university can get slighted like this.

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College SIDs, newspapers clashing over access to players

October 23, 2008

Before Sarah Jones can interview an athlete at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she must contact the athletic department and let them know about the scheduled meeting. As sports editor of the Equinox, Jones is required to cite the date, time and place where she will interview the player.

At the University of Texas in Austin, reporters are usually limited to speaking with athletes brought to press conferences after basketball and football games. During this time, sports information associates may even tell players: “You don’t have to answer that.”

More and more, sports information directors are trying to control access to players and coaches, requiring journalists to schedule interviews through their offices in what the SID at Baylor calls “hard-and-fast rules.”

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Here’s how to write a notes package

September 10, 2008

The Daily Trojan offers both breaking news and fun tidbits in its football notes package about a pivotal football game set for Saturday. Josh Jovanelly observed that two Southern Cal defensive players sat out practice Tuesday. Linebacker Brian Cushing, a Butkus Award candidate, hurt his hip, and Kyle Moore has back spasms. Meanwhile, Ohio State cleared running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells to play. Jovanelly puts the injuries into perspective, offers updates on other previously hurt players at both Southern Cal and Ohio State, and describes how USC used more experienced players to simulate Ohio State’s offense. Plus, the writer included a note about Pete Carroll’s one-year stint as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes that includes a reminiscence about Woody Hayes. This, folks, is how to write a notes package.

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