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The National (kinda, sorta) Resurrected

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by SockPuppet, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Here's the deal. It's fantasy time. Build your sports section. No budget constraints, no space worries. A blank check. Fill in your writing staff, hire anyone you want:

    3 columnists:
    Local, national MLB beat writers
    Local, national NFL beat writers
    Local, national NBA beat writers
    Local, national NHL beat writers
    Local major college beat writer
    National college FB writer
    National college bkb writer
    Golf writer
    Auto racing writer
    Horse racing writer
    Feature/takeout writer
    Investigative writer
  2. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Jim Murray (RIP), columnist
    Mark Whicker, columnist
    Me, columnist/SE
    Three ASEs
    NFL writer (and a backup writer)
    NBA writer (no backup)
    MLB writer (and a backup writer)
    NHL writer (no backup)
    2 major college writers (FB, hoops, baseball)
    1 Golf writer who covers local and national
    Auto racing writer
    2 GA feature writers
    2 investigative writers
    10 High School writers/desk
    2 college writers for local non-major sports/JCs
    8 copy editors (slot/rim)
    5 designers
    6 photographers just for sports
    2 graphic artists

    Holiday bonuses for everyone ... meaningful ones, not the $10 gift card for a grocery store.
    Top of the line laptops for everyone
    One deadline for all copy so every score makes it in the next day's paper.

    OK, wake me up now. This is only a dream thread ... :p
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Is this a competitive market or not? That would make a big difference on who I'd want. In a competitive market, I'd want newshounds even if I sacrificed a bit on the writing.
  4. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Now I know why most people on the board are literal (not liberal). Just pick your team (staff), pick your league (market). But since this is merely an exercise for discussion purposes, why get bogged down in competitive market or not.
  5. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    3 columnists: Dave Hyde, John Canzano, Mark Kriegle (sp?)
    Local, national MLB beat writers: Bob Klapisch, Buster Olney (I might have them split national and local team duties)
    Local, national NFL beat writers:
    Local, national NBA beat writers: Tough call. Jason Quick, Frank Isola, Johnny Ludden, K.C. Johnson, Steve Aschburner would be on my list for both spots.
    Local, national NHL beat writers
    Local major college beat writer: Jerry Tipton
    National college FB writer: Chris Dufresne
    National college bkb writer: Dan Wetzel
    Golf writer: Doug Ferguson
    Auto racing writer: Wouldn't have one, unless I'm in the southeast; would divert the resources elsewhere
    Horse racing writer: Wouldn't have one.
    Feature/takeout writer: Bill Plaschke, Joe Posnanski (I'm using the Auto and Horse racing spots for extra takeout and investigative writers)
    Investigative writer: George Dohrmann (sp?), Rachel Bachman
  6. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Remember, this is pure fantasy. No lack of resources, no budget. Hire anyone you want.

    I'd go with Thomas Bonk or Glenn Sheely as my golf writer.
  7. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    Not if you're trying to be the best you can be. NASCAR is more than the Southeast.
  8. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    And you have to have an auto racing writer. Doesn;'t have to be a NASCAR writer, but there has to be one as much as there is golf...
  9. Birdscribe

    Birdscribe Active Member

    I reserve the right to amend/alter this as need be.

    Editor/ME: Doesn't matter, as long as they're a member of genus Nonmeddlings Leaveusaloneness
    SE: Kevin Whaley (I'd start here... at the top)
    ASE: Dan Dinsmore, Mike James, Creig Ewing, Chris Simmons (not a self-important assclown in this talented quartet)
    3 columnists: Gary Peterson, Mark Whicker, Sally Jenkins
    MLB writers: Buster Olney, Tim Brown, Tom Verducci
    NFL writers: This is SoCal. We don't need one of those... yet
    NBA writers: Mark Heisler, Marc Stein (fellow Titan)
    NHL writers: Helene Elliott, Kevin Paul Dupont
    College FB writers: Chris Dufresne, Mark Schlabach
    College Bkb writers: Andy Katz, Tommy Bonk (he was the one who coined "Phi Slamma Jamma" covering Houston)
    Golf writer: John Hawkins
    Auto Racing writer (if I have to have one here): Jim Short
    Investigative writer: Lance Pugmire
    GA/Features/Takeout: Bill Gildea, Dave Hyde, Steve Elling (read his Sean O'Hair story), Mark Alesia
    TV/Radio/Media columnist: Tom Hoffarth
    Preps: A fivesome of effin studs who -- even though Mizzou doesn't acknowledge/recognize their status as such -- can write and report... if given the chance. Along with my quartet of takeout writers, this crew will also cover the soccer, tennis, horse racing, beach volleyball, or other odds n' ends that pop up. It will also serve as my de-facto farm system, since -- unlike many papers -- I prefer to do things the right way and hire/promote from within, all other factors being constant.
  10. tonysoprano

    tonysoprano Member

    SE: Stanley Woodward (RIP)
    ASE: Blackie Sherrod (discovered Dan Jenkins for crying out loud)
    3 columnists: Joe Posnanski, Jim Murray, Red Smith
    MLB writers: Roger Angell, T.R., Verducci
    NFL writers: Goose, DeMasio, P. King
    NBA writers: Stein, Jack McCallum
    NHL writers: (Can't answer since I don't pay attention to the sport)
    College FB writers: Dan Jenkins
    College Bkb writers: John Feinstein
    Golf writer: Rick Reilly
    Auto Racing writer (if I have to have one here): Jim Short
    Investigative writer: Danny Robbins
    GA/Features/Takeout: Gary Smith, Wright Thompson, Juliet Macur, Barry Horn, Josh Peter, Jenny Carlson
    Boxing writer (replace TV/media): Mark Kram Sr.
    Preps: Tim MacMahon, Trae Thompson, Sam Mellinger
  11. awriter

    awriter Active Member

    Depends on the market. There are plenty that don't have -- and don't need -- them.
  12. keef spoon

    keef spoon Member

    What about your token female writer(s) that don't deserve the job and bring the whole section down but have to be hired thanks to political correctness gone awry?
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