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Death of the Nascar beat?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Write-brained, May 4, 2007.

  1. I've worked at two Southern newspapers now that have traded in their highly acclaimed Nascar beat writer to run wire, which provides much more copy at a cheaper cost.

    Not surprisingly, both writers went to work for national Nascar sites. But what about newspapers? Are we doing readers a disservice by not offering local copy as the sport grows? Probably not but I figure you guys would know better than me.

    Anyone chagrined that the opportunities to cover Nascar are becoming fewer and fewer?
  2. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    Not really my experience. My current paper will never stop covering it, since the town hosts two races each year.
  3. I find this amazing, especially in the South.
  4. Neither of my papers are in the cities where they have tracks but both are within a couple of hours of three or four tracks. Lots of traveling.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    What's not having "racks" have anything to do with this?
    Can't we just stay on the topic?
  6. FreddiePatek

    FreddiePatek Active Member

    Same at our paper. I think what happened is NASCAR used to be easy to cover -- just travel the South and East, a lot like an ACC or SEC beat. Over the years, with the new tracks popping up all over the country, it became too much. Think about it ... today's NASCAR requires as much travel (more, really) than the NFL and a lot of the papers that cover NASCAR just aren't "Major League" cities (Richmond on the big side, Florence or Martinsville on the small side).

    Just a thought.
  7. chazp

    chazp Active Member

    We use a syndicated weekly NASCAR page.
  8. melock

    melock Well-Known Member

    Funny you mention Martinsville b/c for a while they didn't even write a race story. They used the AP one and just wrote sidebars. That stopped for a couple years and may or may not be the policy now. Having a race right in your own town and not writing a main race story makes no sense at all to me.
  9. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Rack him. :)
  10. It's a fucking typo. A transparent one. I fixed it. Y'all better keep runring your spellcheckers because while I normally avoid taking cheapshots ... payback's a bitch. ;)
  11. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    You oughta keep runring yours, too. :)
  12. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    I heard the MG cut Mulhern back to about half of the races last year, and Homestead wasn't included in the list of races he was allowed to cover.
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