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no-person sports staff

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by txsportsscribe, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    small daily paper i know is breaking new ground in staff management. we've all heard of the 1-man sports staff (i was one), but how about the no-person sports staff? sports editor is leaving to go back to school and the publisher apparently thinks they can just spread the sports coverage around to others in the office, some of whom know absolutely nothing about sports.
  2. greenlantern

    greenlantern Guest

    That will end well.
  3. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member


    I knew things could get this bad. Just didn't think it'd be this soon.
  4. apeman33

    apeman33 Well-Known Member

    Give it about 3 months. They'll be looking for a sports guy right about then.
  5. podunk press

    podunk press Active Member

    It depends.

    We've got a newsroom full of news reporters who would LOVE to write sports.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    This is a place where I'd think the next sports person is going to have significant leverage when it comes to salary. Instead of having one or two sports people bitching to the editor about the need for more staff you'll have a newsroom full of people, not to mention plenty of parents complaining about it as well.
  7. MTM

    MTM Well-Known Member

    A local paper once had a news reporter take a phoner on a track meet when the sports guy was out. He wrote about the "hurtles" and "throwing" the pole vault.
    I'm sure this will work just as well.
  8. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    I worked a a weekly once where, when I was on vacation, the editor, who knew little about sports (not my current boss) ran a story from the journalism instructor at the high school on some local baseball games that included the line, "Johnny Zilch led off the fifth inning with a homer, which would have been worth more with anyone on base."

    How long before readers get sick of "Podunk lost by 20, but tried really hard!"
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    A neighboring tiny daily the next county over pretty much shuts down sports in June and July because it's a one-man shop and that's the only time he can take vacation.
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    When I joined a small-town daily years ago as a one-man sports staff, they had gone without a sports guy for almost four months. The readers were threatening to cancel their subscriptions left and right.

    My first week on the job, people were coming up to me incredulous, like "They finally hired someone?"
  11. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    We try this when our one sports reporter is on one of his eight weeks vacation (he's been here 20-plus years).

    And some of the stuff that comes back from the newside is beyond ridiculously bad.
  12. partain

    partain Member

    But now they have you on the news side Pete.
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