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Plain Dealer Indians writers will only cover "select" road trips

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

  2. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    I know of at least one major newspaper that's had reporters writing road gamers off TV for almost a decade.
  3. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Are they covering the Caucasians' road games?
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  4. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Plain Dealer isn't the leader in anything except union busting.
  5. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    So, presumably, the paper ran a wire copy gamer.

    Do the "beat writers" have anything in the paper during these road trips? Some profile? An evergreen story?

    Do they spend the time working on some long feature that they'd never be able to do if they were traveling with the team every day?
  6. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    They don't spend the paper's money. Isn't that enough?
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    They covered the game by watching on TV.
  8. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Correct. It's not about time. It's about the travel expenses. And MLB beat writers put in plenty of hours during the season, so a few days off now and then isn't a bad thing. Yes, it sucks that you can't go on the road, but my paper has missed some trips during tough times. It's just the nature of the beast these days.

    Better off just running wires. I think writing off TV is, if not outright dishonest, at the very least misleading.
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  9. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member


    Did they write the gamers off of TV?

    If yes, I would guess the story carried no dateline indicating where it was written, but other than that omission, was it made at all clear to the reader that the story was written from watching the game on TV?
  10. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    My guess is that it carried no dateline but otherwise gave no indication. And that's shady as hell, as I mentioned.
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  11. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    This says they're only covering select road trips, not just skipping one here and there. That's going to lead to more than the occasional day off for an overworked beat writer.
  12. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    I didn't see the actual newspapers. Don't know what's in there. But usually it's the same stories that are on the Cleveland.com website. Those articles are written as if the person was at the game. No quotes. Descriptions of the games. Cleveland datelines. No indication they weren't there.
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