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AP changing roundups

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SCEditor, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    I realize this doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but is this just plain laziness on AP's part? Heck, I don't use any of the roundups except for NFL, but this just seems silly.
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    No likey.
  3. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    There are too many newspapers still using systems that only allow for a certain number of characters to appear in a slug for this to work, particularly when the best game of the night features, say, the Trailblazers or the Timberwolves. (OK, it's unlikely, but still.)

    And at what point do they determine the best game of the night? Before the games? After?
  4. micke77

    micke77 Member

    deskslave...amen. yep, this oughta be interesting. who gets to pick The Game of the Day/Night? this will be fun to watch develop.
  5. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    I'm sure they consulted with their paying members before making this change.

    Wait. Hold on. Nevermind.
  6. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    trail blazers.
  7. FreddiePatek

    FreddiePatek Active Member

    This is a very bad idea ... what, we're all supposed to guess at the best game? What if they've chosen a "best game" then a better game is played out west?

    Like others here, this also is a problem for us because of the limited number of characters our directory shows.
  8. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    My guess -- and I'll test it next week, obviously -- is to do a slug search in our system for "Rdp." Hopefully, that works.
  9. pallister

    pallister Guest

    As Buck alluded to, depending on where you are, you're usually tweaking to the roundups anyway. It's not like you can no longer make your own editorial decisions because the AP is changing its roundup style. I could see the length of the slug being an issue, but overall it doesn't seem like a big deal.
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Is your deadline really that flexible? When I was working in the Eastern Time Zone, pretty much any game starting 9:30 p.m. or later was a lost cause.

    Honestly, with as many roundups as I had to rework to get the best game up to the top (and to remove that extra graf summarizing the other scores) I'm slightly pissed that AP only now gets around to doing it the right way.
  11. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Relax, people, this all part of the change Obama was talking about. Embrace it.
  12. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    Back when I was working the desk, this would have been a change I could have believed in.

    Sensibly-organized roundups? Yes we can!
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