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Our NASCAR preview tab...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by FuturaBold, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. FuturaBold

    FuturaBold Member

    ... which had been 30+ pages before I got here and was 16-20 pages in my first few years here is now ... not happening at all...

    we sold two ads, so now I've got a NASCAR page ... how do you preview the NASCAR season with about half a page of space (the ads fill up the rest)? Ideas?

    our basketball tab didn't happen this year either ... if we can't sell a football tab in an area with a couple of state championship contenders, i'm hanging it up...
  2. luckyducky

    luckyducky Guest

    Lots of charticles and info boxes. Limited information, no predictions, just the highlights.

    Short and sweet and tight, but not squished ... (that's what she said)
  3. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Can you preview the season with a series of articles running over a few days? Don't know what your space is like, but it's a thought.

    You're right, by the way. If we can't sell football tabs, we're all fucked.
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    ducky's right. There have been a lot of driver team/number changes, so make sure you run info boxes on the drivers. Even if it's just a mugshot (available on nascarmedia.com) and their car number and crew chief with one nugget of information.

    Run the schedule down one rail, with TV info if you have it (that's what people like).
  5. expendable

    expendable Well-Known Member

    Run last week's winner under a caption titled "Who Beat?"
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    And somewhere you need a flowchart explaining which teams merged with who and how last year's top-35 owner's point spots were swapped around.
  7. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    That flowchart I suggested would need its own tab. :D
  8. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

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  9. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Yeah, 2mcm, I was going to say there's no way that's working. I suggest throwing that stuff in the nugget.

    39 Ryan Newman
    Crew Chief: Tony Gibson
    Nugget: This car was the No. 66 last year, and Scott Riggs' points were enough to guarantee Newman a spot in the first five races.
  10. Pendleton

    Pendleton Member

    NASCAR makes up more rules on the fly than Bud Selig, which is hard to do.

    (Whoops, I'm going to get taken off the air for a few days now)
  11. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    Outing alert: Pendleton is Scott Van Pelt! Police! Police!! :)
  12. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    Seems like tabs are getting harder and harder to sell these days, whether its preps, colleges or anything else. In the publisher's mind, if advertising can't sell it, no use printing it.

    I always thought a weekly syndicated NASCAR page (from gannett, IIRC) was a giant waste of space. Could have cut that info to two columns and used the rest on more important stuff in this corner of the world.
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