Outside the Lines: You’re the secret to providing coverage

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I can already tell that it doesn&8217;t take long to feel at home around here.

Over the past three weeks, I have already added to my list of memorie

I highlighted in my first column. As you could tell the reoccuring theme in the first two sports section lead stories was not just that they were about basketball, but that they were both overtime thrillers.

Such outcomes, on top of very receptive interviewees, have helped make this a smooth transition from the college athletic communications ranks to a weekly newspaper.

For the past year and a half I was used to covering 14 sports at one school. Now the challenge at hand is to cover at least 15 schools and all of their sports. I won&8217;t begin to do the math.

While it may sound like a lot, it is really not as bad as it sounds. I realized this drastic jump before I chose to move back to Alabama and into this role.

In college communications position, it was my job to daily keep a watch on everything and anything that was related to Martin Methodist College athletics.

Through that, I understood that not many others had the time to keep up with all of the story lines going on with the RedHawks, especially those working in the media and covering at least 15 other schools.

I realized the importance of my role to serve as a liason to the media for my school. I appreciated every inch of ink or second of air time

I received.

It is through this I understand what many of you do to help your local high school, middle school or recreation team.

The media can not provide the coverage needed, without those of you who are willing to put in the extra hours to help serve us by providing statistics, results, photos and story ideas.

As basketball season winds up its final weeks of regular season and the spring sports begin settling into practice, please help keep us informed of interesting angles within your team.

Also, for those of you who do labor over stat sheets and send the faxes and e-mails each week, thank you.

Please keep up the good work.

Take note of our community sports section on page 5B this week. We would love to see this grow, but we need your help with receiving information