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More cuts at DMN

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by lone star scribe, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. lcjjdnh

    lcjjdnh Well-Known Member

    DMN, while perhaps not writing full game stories, provides live statistics and play-by-play from tons of games.
  2. Southwestfornow

    Southwestfornow New Member

    This is my first post, so admittedly I'm a lurker on the board and not a poster. But just as an FYI on high school coverage at DMN because the info above gives a very false impression. ...

    In today's Dallas Morning News (Saturday), there are eight pages of coverage, eight bylined stories (some by stringers), roundups of all Classes, state scores, how state and area ranked teams fared and a dozen or so photos. The DMN also has a high school sports columnist who wrote a column from one of the games.
  3. daytonadan1983

    daytonadan1983 Well-Known Member

    A lot of stringers are only writing 3-4 graphs
  4. Southwestfornow

    Southwestfornow New Member

    But those stringers are in addition to the eight bylined stories. The bylined stories, some of which are written by stringers, are not three or four graphs. Stringers do all the roundups. Eight pages of coverage is still a lot, or at least I think it is, although I haven't seen a lot of other papers recently.

    College coverage has been hacked in recent years, but Dallas Morning News still pours a lot into high schools, especially football. It has a mobile ap specifically for high school coverage and does live scoring and play-by-play from about 50 games each weekend.

    Whether all that coverage will change after the next round of cuts, who knows? In this biz, who knows anything anymore? The smoke-and-mirrors approach seems to be well-tread.
  5. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    If Dallas knows what's good, they won't touch that HS coverage. Texas football fans eat that shit up.
  6. writingump

    writingump Member

    On my way to Atlanta for Georgia-Boise State, read the Knoxville paper. It covered a dozen prep games with at least 12 inches on every game. Pretty impressive work.
  7. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Hard to tell Dan....When I zoned preps, those 3-4 inchers were the 12-inch lead in another edition. And even if not, having a person you knew at every game was worth it when it mattered.
  8. SixToe

    SixToe Well-Known Member

    I was in Dallas this time last year and was impressed with the prep coverage, given all the cuts of the last few years.

    I don't know what the coverage is like this year. But when I picked up Saturday's edition a year ago, I thought it was pretty good to see the number of stories, scores, etc.
  9. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Thanks, I was going off the Web site (as stated in the beginning of the post). I tried to be thorough, but apparently wasn't thorough enough.
  10. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    The DMN pays stringers $55 for three grafs and a boxscore ... same as they did 11 years ago. They're paying people $75 to do the real-time web scoring.

    But as far as preps staff, they have a columnist and maybe three staff writers who cover the sacred cows (Plano, Carroll, Trinity, etc.) and that's it. They lean very heavily on their stringers.
  11. nmsports

    nmsports Member

    $55 is more than AP pays for D-I college gamers.
  12. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    And, speaking from experience, the AP requires a lot more than three paragraphs and a box score.
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