September 23, 2013
PDT Sports Editor
This is not a typical, run of the mill, column. I will not be complaining about one thing or trying to defend something else.
Instead, this column is directed toward any parent or coach who graciously assists the Daily Times in reporting scores for the nightly roundup section.
The Daily Times is asking for your help.
First of all, our sports team is comprised of three people. I am obviously the sports editor. I have been learning on the fly since my first day on the job. My main goal is to continue improving our local sports coverage. I will never be satisfied with the job we are doing. There is always room for improvement and I will continue to find ways to improve our coverage.
Cody Leist is the sports writer you have grown accustomed to reading. He has written for the Daily Times for three years and he stays committed to providing the best local coverage possible.
Kevin Colley is an intern from Shawnee State University. He has made a major contribution in a small amount of time. Colley has become a regular on the coverage trail since he joined the team.
Clearly, numbers are not really on our side. Regardless of our commitment, there are not enough hours in the day to cover all the sports activities of the 14 high schools in our coverage area.
We are currently looking at some different proposals to improve our operations. We give every proposal its due diligence and when the time is right, we implement the ideas we feel will help us improve our organization.
I recently wrote an article on the Portsmouth tennis team. The lady Trjoans are 11-3 and their star player, Ali Miller, has not lost a set, let alone a match, all season. In reality, they deserve more attention.
In Volleyball, as of Friday, Waverly was 13-1 and 8-0 in conference play. Wheelersburg is a shade behind the the Tigers with a 9-2 record and a 7-1 conference record. Neither team as received the attention they deserve, except in our nightly roundup section. I could continue with the examples but I think you understand the point.
The nightly roundup is the best way we provide local coverage to our loyal readers. It’s a good way to recognize a lot of teams that the Daily Times might not have the privilege of covering. With that being said, the roundup section needs to be improved, which can only be achieved from the ground up.
There are three ways to improve the section, but all three of them need cooperation from parents and coaches:
The first way to improve roundup is by calling in scores before the nightly deadline. At the Daily Times, we have a strict deadline that has to be met by our writers and editors on a daily basis. And because of these deadline restrictions, we must place a hard deadline expectations on those who call in scores.
Monday through Thursday, deadline for phone calls is 9:30 p.m, Friday is midnight during football season, otherwise, it will be 9:30 p.m. Saturday is 8:30 p.m. For anyone interested in calling a score in to our sports department, call 740-353-3101, ext. 294 or 298.
We still accept calls after the deadline, but the scores will only go online and will not be published in the print edition. I absolutely hate not publishing scores. I am a big proponent of our website, www.portsmouth-dailytimes.com, but I want scores to be published on the website and in the print edition of the paper.
The local athletes deserve to be recognized for achievements on and off the field. Please help us acknowledge them by meeting our nightly deadline.
Accuracy is our main goal and will always be the most important aspect of the paper. To that end, I implore coaches and parents to have first and last names of the athletes from both schools, not just the hometown school. Also, make sure the names are spelled correctly and in some instances, make sure the athlete plays at the correct school.
Along the same lines of accuracy, please make every attempt to give us the complete stat line from both schools, including records.
If you notice a mistake or something that needs clarification, please call us so future editions will not repeat that mistake and so we can make a correction in an subsequent edition.
Regardless of the team’s record, we implore every coach from every sport to take it upon themselves to call the sports desk after a contest. It takes no more than five minutes and gives a family and an athlete a clip they will have forever.
Cody, Kevin and myself want to recognize every athlete for their performance. Regardless of the record, the kids deserve to have proper recognition for the dedication it takes to be a student-athlete.
A new addition I would like to see added to the roundup section is a picture of the star athlete of the evening. We cannot accomplish this goal without the cooperation of the coaches or any parent that has a quality camera. If you take a picture at an event, save them as a .Jpeg file and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
On a nightly basis, we will pick the most deserving picture to accompany the roundup section. Most of the selection process will depend on the quality of the photo.
The high school years are filled with memorable moments and at the Daily Times, we strive to make those memories a little more special. We look forward to working with each and everyone of you.
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or firstname.lastname@example.org. For breaking sports news, follow Chris on Twitter @crslone.