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Hartford Courant ditches last pro beat....

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by spankys, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. spankys

    spankys Member

  2. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    Heck, there'll be some suburban shoppers that have better sports coverage. I hope that 10 doesn't include copy editors
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    IF I lived in Hartford, perish the thought, I wouldn't get the paper. Just the Times and Wall Street Journal.
  4. Beaker

    Beaker Active Member

    Ugh. Another reason the paper isn't worth getting anymore.
  5. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    As Peter Reigert said, in Animal House:

    "A new low . . . "
  6. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    Is it really?

    If cutting those pro beats gives the paper a chance to cover college sports and UConn in general and do so in a professional, big time way, I don't know that it is such a bad thing.

    It is from the standpoint that there have been cuts in staffing -- but as far as using the resources to make sure the bread and butter is taken care of, I don't think this is the most horrible thing I've read.
  7. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    Sad, of course . . . but the city doesn't have a pro team.

    Did whoever was covering those pro beats at one time regularly beat the NY and Boston writers for stories? If not, then the only thing lost is the "our guy was there" mystique that always was more window dressing than substance anyway.
  8. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    The Wolf Pack are a pro team. Or do they not count because it's the American Hockey League rather than the NHL?
  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    I used to work for Continental Airlines. Our CEO at the time was Gordon Bethune.

    Gordon had a saying that you could, “continue to take ingredients off of a pizza to save money but at some point it’s no longer a pizza.”

    If you want someone to buy your pizza, there better at least be some cheese and sauce on it.

    If you want someone to read your sports pages in New England, you better have some Red Sox coverage in it.
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    They already covered UConn in a professional, big-time way.

    Must wean my dad off the habit of reading The Courant. I just must.
  11. Yes, because god knows, we don't want original reporting or writing in any of our local newspapers about anything except events we can hit with a rock from the front steps of the office.
    Why the hell shouldn't the beancounters believe they can do this, if so many people in our business essentially agree with them?
  12. OTD

    OTD Active Member


    And yes, I'm agreeing with YankeeFan.
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