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This is why our line of work is a piece of S***

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Fourth and 8, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Fourth and 8

    Fourth and 8 Member

    I just was told that our desk guy who takes calls on games for 20-25 area schools is quitting and he won't be replaced due to a hiring freeze that no one expects will end.

    So we're at three people, including a stringer, for the spring sport season. One is going to have to stay in and take calls and the other two rotate between sports. Fuck anyone who says we're not relevant enough when all we fucking do us cut local resources. Hell, our paper will resemble the very thing we're getting away from - wire copy.

    So this morning I get an email from a soccer coach almost demanding that we give spring sports a priority. I try to explain the situation we're in and he says, "so what?" I'm not blaming him, I'd do that as a reader to. I mean, why the fuck buy a paper that tells us we can't give you coverage? We're like a weak piece of shit company which stands on the corner and begs people for nickels. We're weak, we have weak leadership running the money, and they are taking the rest of us on a suicide mission.
  2. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    I'm getting so tired of living in a country where you're required to stay at a job no matter what they do to you.

    OK, OK, it's blue now. I hope you're all happy!
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Who says you're required to stay at that job?
  4. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I think he's missing the blue font, big guy.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Fidel's brother, that's who.
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Well, that 'splains it, Ace. Thanks.
  7. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    This is a business. A business run with ridiculous profit margins.

    They don't owe us anything.

    We don't owe them anything.

    The market ain't great, undeniably. But if you're that angry, review your options.
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member


    I don't know if you're the sports boss or what.

    Couple thoughts:

    1. Everyone is going through this -- from the New York Times to the Podunk Press. So it's not just you making do with less.

    2. I don't blame the coach for saying, "So what." Your paper's job is to cover the area as best you can. You can't make excuses about staffing except to say that you can't be everywhere.

    3. You need to look at your folks and make the best use of them as everyone else does. I don't know if the guy who left was a full-timer or not, but any chance you can hire a part-timer to help take calls on busy nights?

    4. Are two guys running around the best use of your resources? Maybe one could stay in and take calls, the other could focus on more features, etc.

    5. Not sure what it means exactly, but why wouldn't spring sports take priority in the spring?
  9. Fourth and 8

    Fourth and 8 Member

    What he's saying is that blow for blow, they don't get what football and basketball do. But they can't. The pie is smaller in the spring. In football, we have three evening stringers that help with football coverage, two in basketball. Baseball and softball games start at 4 p.m. and these guys have other jobs, so we lose stringers. We're also cut to $400 a month on stringer budget. The PART TIME desk guy helped alleviate some of the stress because he did roundups. So that PART TIME position is gone, leaving a FULL TIME torpedo hit.

    I'm going to have the gamer guys use four hours a day for game coverage and four hours a day for developing features. It's all I can do. Game coverage will suffer if all three go to games, which is why one of us has to stay in.
  10. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Is so much game coverage even worth it in the spring?
  11. Fourth and 8

    Fourth and 8 Member

    So much game coverage? We're talking TWO GAMES a night, probably in baseball, softball or soccer.
    A major metro does that much.
  12. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Around here, they do one game, as a topper. If they're lucky.
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