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Prep calls

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by NobodyLovesRaymond, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. NobodyLovesRaymond

    NobodyLovesRaymond New Member

    Is anybody at a place that has eliminated taking phone calls for compiling prep roundups and only accepts emails or faxes? I remember seeing this topic on here about five or six years ago and was wondering what people thought about it now.
  2. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    My shop is only taking scores by phone now. All the clerks are gone, so the desk doesn't have time to take full boxes anymore. Emails or faxes is a bad idea, unless you have a very good set of coaches/scorekeepers, which is not all that likely.
  3. ChipSouza

    ChipSouza Member

    We are getting texts from coaches now. Coaches can text game highlights or snap a pic of their scorebook and send that in. It's been working pretty well for us. Of course, when a team loses, the coach tends to forget to text. I have all my coaches on group text, so I send out a reminder text late in the afternoon.
  4. JimmyHoward33

    JimmyHoward33 Well-Known Member

    We're a mix, some email, some call. Having some email has definitely made the load seem lighter and easier even though its the same volume. I do think you lose some detail and future note gathering ability not getting coaches on the phone.
  5. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    We get a lot of email. At first, I thought it was great. Then I realized that I still need to call to ask how a one-point game was decided. Buzzer beater? Who made the last shot? How did it happen? And so on and so forth.

    Plus, it makes the process more impersonal. I can make a connection with a person via phone conversation, then when I meet that person for the first time (and that applies a lot to me as I'm still relatively new to my area) it feels like I know them a bit.
  6. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    We get a mix of calls and emails and a few texts. I prefer emails but I'm never going to tell someone they can't call. We don't do boxes anymore except for football.
  7. HackyMcHack

    HackyMcHack Member

    We still do boxes for everything, even though we don't have any part-time help anymore, our full-time staff has been cut in half, and we still lay out our own section. We experimented with having people email photos of basketball scorebooks in, but we got too many photos that were too small and/or out of focus.

    The one cutback we made: Last names only on basketball boxes. Saved us a LOT of time, especially since we're in an area where the last names are simple and the first names are complex. If we need to follow up with first names for a notebook a day or two later, we either hit up MaxPreps or call the coach.
  8. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    I wish I could get all our coaches to keep their MaxPreps pages up to date.
  9. MNgremlin

    MNgremlin Active Member

    We're about 50/50 with phone calls and emails, depending on the night. Some nights we'll get one phone call, some nights we'll get five or six (and half of those always seem to come within about a five minute span). We don't run box scores in print, but we do throw them online.

    I prefer e-mails for getting the brief typed up the fastest, but when it comes to typing the box scores, I can do it faster after a phone call because I don't have to weed through all the unnecessary categories that the stat program likes to add and don't have to re-find my place on the page so often.

    I've done the last names only thing too. Only problem is when you have siblings on the team, which in our area is a majority of the schools, be sure to include the first initial as well to avoid the angry phone calls/emails.
  10. HackyMcHack

    HackyMcHack Member

    We can't get most of our coaches to put stats on MaxPreps. But the state insists (not quite mandate) scores and rosters be posted there, and most teams comply to at least that level.
  11. joe_schmoe

    joe_schmoe Active Member

    We too get a mix. I prefer the calls myself, but a lot of times we get all we need via email. We do find a lot more coaches that never liked to call us do email on a consistent basis. One reason is some of the automated score systems, all they have to do is add email addresses to their program and the box is sent automatically after each game (also prevents many of the only call after a win coaches from stiffing us). And on road trips, sometimes the email is a lot easier to handle than this:
    "Jones with fhjeteen"
    "I'm sorry coach how many for Jones?"
    "Fhehehdbnd with 10."
    "Wait coach"
    "Fheebd fhf <silence>"
    "Coach you there?"
    "and Black with 1."
    "Coach, last thing I got was Jones, but I didn't get how many.""
    "Oh sorry. Jones had <silence>"
    Call dropped.
  12. Tarheel316

    Tarheel316 Well-Known Member

    That's why I prefer email. Sometimes we get people who don't speak clearly or there's a bad connection. Plus a phone call can take several minutes when every minute counts. I had a wrestling coach who could call with full results - varsity and JV, total of 28 names for his matches. I finally convinced him to start emailing.
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