The Washington Times and Richmond Times-Dispatch have entered into a content sharing arrangement that has proved beneficial to readers in both areas.
The Times provides its Redskins coverage to the Times-Dispatch, and the Times-Dispatch provides its coverage of Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia to the Times.
The idea came from Mike Harris, now the sports editor of the Washington Times who previously was the sports editor of the Times-Dispatch.
"It's a great deal for both papers, allowing each to expand its coverage a bit," Harris said.
Said Steve Trosky, the Times-Dispatch sports editor: "We're able to give our readers much more Redskins coverage than we did in the last couple of years, and the exchange allows us to broaden our reach to readers in Northern Virginia and beyond. It's been a very good working relationship."
The papers exchange story budgets each day and each identifies the stories that it wants. The copy is edited by the providing paper. Trosky said each paper allow the other to post the stories on its web site — so the Times' Redskins stories appear on timesdispatch.com and the Times-Dispatch's college stories appear on washingtontimes.com.
The Times teases to Richmond's Virginia Tech web site, VTeffect.com, and the Times-Dispatch teases to the Times' Redskins blog.
Richmond has scaled back its Redskins coverage over the last few years, so the agreement came at a good time. The paper still sends a columnist to home games and road games within driving distance, but does not cover training camp on a regular basis, does not attend weekly press conferences and does not have opportunities to write many features, Trosky said.
"However, our readership still is very interested in Redskins coverage," he said.
From the Times' perspective, the chance to add quality coverage of colleges from outside the immediate D.C. area has been a plus, Harris said.
"Richmond does an outstanding job with college coverage, so we're pleased to have that in our paper and on our site," he said. "And I'm biased, but I think our Redskins coverage is pretty good.”
Football writer Andy Shay has reached out to more than a half-dozen papers around the state for weekly high school football notes, then compiled the information and distilled it to a workable length. Those notes have been sent back to all the papers exchanging the notes. This state notebook has been running Fridays in most of the papers as part of their high school football preview. Credit the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for the idea. The Trib is part of this content-sharing circle and a paper that the Patriot-News started swapping daily copy with this summer.
Eugene (Oregon) Register-Guard
John Conrad, the late sports editor of the Register-Guard, will be inducted into the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Achievement on Oct. 28. Conrad, who graduated from Oregon in 1965, spent more than 33 years with the R-G sports staff, and was sports editor from 1984 until his sudden death from a stroke at age 57 in 2002. The Hall recognizes journalism school graduates for their career accomplishments, whether inside or outside of journalism. Among those in the hall are former Oregon Gov. Tom McCall, Portland Trail Blazer founder Harry Glickman, author Randy Shilts, NBC Today anchor Ann Curry and former Oregon Journal sports editor and columnist George Pasero.
Indiana (Pa.) Gazette
Matthew Burglund, the assistant sports editor at the Indiana Gazette, received the George Heaslip Media Award from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference on Aug. 1.
Burglund, 37, was recognized as the 23rd recipient of the award, presented annually to a member of the media for outstanding coverage of the PSAC and its institutions.
He has covered Indiana University of Pennsylvania football for the Gazette since 1998.
“It’s an honor to receive this award,” Burglund said. “But it’s a tribute to the people I have had the luxury of working with over the years. The Gazette puts an emphasis on covering local sports, and what I do wouldn’t be possible without the backing of the Gazette and its employees.”
“Matt is a great member of our editorial team,” said Mike Donnelly, president and publisher of Indiana Printing and Publishing, which owns The Indiana Gazette. “I’m glad to see the PSAC recognized Matt for his passion, commitment and excellent reporting of IUP football.”
Burglund is the second Gazette staffer to receive the award. Sports editor Tony Coccagna was recognized in 2008.
The award is named in honor of George Heaslip, the late Cheyney University sports information director.
Bristol Herald Courier
With the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Emory & Henry playing their last football game for the foreseeable future, the Bristol Herald Courier sports staff chose hashtag #SWVAIV for Southwest Virginia Bowl IV – a term it coined for the game last year.
It made a gut decision and decided to triple-cover this game.
Uva-Wise beat Emory & Henry, 33-30, with a stunning ending that went viral, including appearances on ESPN SportsCenter, SI.com, Huffington Post, Awful Announcing and Yahoo.com’s Dr. Saturday. The Bristol Herald Courier sports staff was happy to hear all the national sports outlets call the game “The Southwest Virginia Bowl.”
For the game, the newspaper wrote quarter-by-quarter thoughts after the first three quarters to provide fresh web content, tweeted the event (of course using #SWVAIV) and had a game story, sidebar, column and “four downs” (four plays that shaped the outcome of the game) online and in print the next day.
Later the next week, local TV picked up on the finish and sports editor Jim Sacco had a talkback with 11Connects on the big play.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette promoted Bill Brink from backup Pirates beat reporter to main Pirates beat reporter. Promoted Michael Sanserino from high schools/WVU football beat reporter to backup Pirates reporter. Hired Jenn Menendez from the Portland (Me.) Press-Herald to cover West Virginia football and Duquesne University basketball. Hired Sam Werner to cover high school sports and Robert Morris University basketball. Werner was a summer 2011 intern at the Post-Gazette from Notre Dame.