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Letters to the Sports Editor

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Cadet, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    When a letter is submitted that is clearly a sports topic or in response to a sports article, does your paper run it in the sports section or on the regular OpEd letters page?

    Also, does your sports section have a space for call-in/e-mail sports comments (like a "Talkback" feature) where people can be anonymous or just use initials?

    Just curious as to how places handle sports-related reader feedback.
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    I run a "Sports Letters to the Editor" in the sports section whenever one arrives.
  3. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Well-Known Member

    Goes on the OpEd page. I'm usually given a head's-up first, especially if it's someone ripping on us.
  4. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    We run a weekly mailbag in the Sunday sports section.
  5. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    We run letters to the editor. But most people who want to say something do it on our call-in line, and we run 12-15 calls daily.
  6. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Tried to get them both going, with mixed results. One of the biggest problems is the numbnuts doing the op-ed pages keep stealing stuff from the sports letters and soundoff columns, and putting them in the regular letters and soundoff column.

    We bark to the ME, he usually makes a token attempt to explain the point "we are trying to get a sports feedback feature going," and then 3 days later, you see a letter on the op-ed page bitching about some local coach or something.
  7. Walter Burns

    Walter Burns Member

    What he said...my favorite was the one that said our high school swimming coverage sucked, we obviously had it in for Ohio State, since we kept putting in stories about Maurice Clarett's run-ins with the law, and that we ran too much Cavs stuff.
    The letter ended with, "I have had enough of LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Walter Burns!"
    I had it framed.
  8. Diabeetus

    Diabeetus Active Member

    I hate talkback features cause people who submit don't have the courage to put their name with their words. I guess if you had a way of getting down names with it, it would be more acceptable.
  9. SCEditor

    SCEditor Active Member

    Amen. I hate Talkback. At one paper I worked at, it's gotten so big that they run, I kid you not, "Classic Talkback" and "This weeks' top Talkback." It's talkback from a couple of years ago. If you won't put your name on it, I say you shouldn't run it.
  10. Mighty_Wingman

    Mighty_Wingman Active Member

    At least one paper I'm familiar with requires at least a first name and neighborhood or town for their Soundoff section, though obviously "Dale from Northside" isn't much of an identifier.
  11. Meat Loaf

    Meat Loaf Guest

    My paper used to have anonymous talkback online, and it sent the hits through the roof. Of course, IT spent most of its day deleting foul or libelous posts. It went away, then came back with registration. So, unless the topic is gays or evolution, our site has hardly any posts now.
  12. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Of course, with anonymous call-in features, you can always feel free to censor anything you want with absolute impunity.

    Who's going to bitch? "Anonymous Joe Schmoe?"
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