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No gamer on front page?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Trey Beamon, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Picked up the FW Star-Telegram today, pulled out the Cowboys/NFL separate section, looked at the cover:

    Giant photo, graphics, two columns at the bottom of the page (Reeves on T.O., Galloway on Bledsoe's meltdown), no gamer.

  2. Montezuma's Revenge

    Montezuma's Revenge Active Member

    I'm with you, daemon.

    Alas, the people in charge of making decisions are in love with design and presentation, not content.

    Our business has systematically spent the past two decades giving the readers less and less worth reading. Then we throw up our hands, say, "We're losing readers."

    And then we proceed to give them even less.
  3. daemon

    daemon Well-Known Member

    You're preaching to the choir on this one. It's why I love papers like the Washington Post and the New York Times. I feel like they find a way to pack as much information and content into their section as possible.
  4. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    I used to think 1A of the L.A. Times was extremely busy, and it was odd how actually formulaic it was. But you knew what was important that day, and what special stories the Times had, every day.
  5. fever_dog

    fever_dog Active Member

    i would love some links to about 20 or 30 of these gamers that are offering pinpoint analysis and teeming with information that i can get nowhere else. that would come in handy.
  6. MGoBlue

    MGoBlue Member

    Leave the gamers insider ... give me opinion/analysis up front. Thanks.
  7. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Sweet jumpin' Jesus, we aren't analysts.

    We're reporters (and designers and editors, etc.)

    Sean Salisbury is an analyst, for fuck's sake. What possible good analysis can you come up with on deadline?

    Report what happened.
  8. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Sweet jumpin' Jesus, political writers analyze all the time.
  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    what is: why newspapers are in serious trouble for $1,000 alex?
  10. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    Those who are within reach of Monday's Chicago Tribune (the paper edition), look at the 8-page wraparound and tell me where the Bears-Packers game story is. The quarter-by-quarter across 2 and 3? The Mullin piece on 5? I dunno. At least there are options. At the PGA Championship, the paper didn't have a game story per se. Love the Sun-Sentinel's approach, assuming the 3C story was the gamer. You've gotta have one somewhere. People aren't inclined to go on treasure hunts.
  11. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    I have no problem with good, solid analysis.

    I think, even in sports gamers, the beat reporter should no be afraid to offer things that border on opinions if it aids in developing context.

    But no one can "analyze" against a hard deadline. And it surely couldn't be the only hting you offer readers the morning after a big game.
  12. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So what about newspapers isn't broken?
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