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What would you do?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Brain of J, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Brain of J

    Brain of J Member

    So tonight I went to cover a prep boys' basketball game.
    Going in, the clear storyline was hometown hero coach coming back to face his former school.
    His dad is also an assistant coach for the girls team.
    I talked to his dad at halftime, was going to try and find his 90 year old grandma and ask her about having a son and grandson that are coaches....standard kind of small-town bullshit I hate but people here eat up.

    So anyway, that was the plan until the game got interesting.

    Down 10 with 5:13 left, hometown team comes back to tie it as time expires, with current hometown hero making the shot to send it to overtime.

    Now home-team ends up losing by 3 points after johhny sophomore turns the ball over with time expiring in OT.

    My first reaction was to make the game the story, it was the team's first OT game of the year and if they would've won it would've been against a much bigger school.

    They lost, however, so I'm still leaning toward making the come-from-behind to take it to overtime angle, but I don't want to abandon the coach coming home angle either.

    What would be a better lead?
    Now the daily is going to publish it tomorrow morning, I'll have it in the afternoon, but it's not like a saturday game where it's 4 days old by the time we publish.

    Also, cause it was such a close game, the coaches weren't too thrilled about taking a shot together after the game. It would've been a posed shot, which I hate taking anyway but people like seeing here, so I didn't get the shot. Which really I don't blame the losing coach, "hey lets pretend to be all happy glory together after getting your heart ripped out in overtime."

    Any advice?
    Like I said I'm leaning toward the game angle and making the coaching angle a big part of the story but not the lead.
  2. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Do you have time for a sidebar?
  3. Brain of J

    Brain of J Member

    ya and I might do that too. run the gamer then a sidebar with the coach story. Really it would be pretty pointless to run the coach angle and use a game shot.
    I sortof answered my own question! but I was just curious if anyone had any compelling reasons to do the opposite and run the coach angle as the lead.
  4. Clever username

    Clever username Active Member

    Only if said coach won 175 state titles and was worshipped like a small god or something ridiculous like that.
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    I am all for coming at stories with a different angle, but this sounds like a perfect opportunity for a game story and sidebar -- or, depending on the publication, game story and next day feature on the coach.
  6. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    News happens.
  7. And the next time you want to set up a photo op, you'll know to do it before the game, not after.
  8. huntsie

    huntsie Active Member

    Gamer and sidebar if you have both the time and the space. Gamer with the coaches angle high up if you don't
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