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Old 09-05-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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Ten Burning Questions for the season.

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10 burning issues for the New Orleans Saints as the season opens Sunday in Atlanta | NOLA.com
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Re: Ten Burning Questions for the season.

I should have been a sportswriter.
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Old 09-06-2014, 03:10 AM   #3
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Re: Ten Burning Questions for the season.

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I should have been a sportswriter.
Larry Holder is a very good sportswriter, but he didn't get to where he is now overnight. It's a lot of of late nights, not seeing your family, being on the road, eating a bunch of crap food, having an ass-backwards sleep schedule, covering a lot of BS junior taekwondo tournaments and high school softball games, dealing with a lot of hateful people, and oh yeah, you have to work at a newspaper which is one of the worst fields there is right now.

Writing about sports for a living sounds fun and glamorous, and honestly it does have those moments but they are few and far behind. The truth is it's a damn brutal grind for like 95% of the people who do it. If you're really good (really really good) and stick it out for long enough, then you get the choice gigs like a Larry Holder or Mike Triplett.

Disclaimer: I was a sportswriter for about 15 years. I got out of it for all the reasons above, plus missing about the first three years of my son's life was the tipping point.
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Re: Ten Burning Questions for the season.

nothing all that earth shaking in the piece. much the same list since we won the super bowl and still failed to reach again last year.

he is a good writer but this looks like a cut and paste job for the most part
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nothing all that earth shaking in the piece. much the same list since we won the super bowl and still failed to reach again last year.

he is a good writer but this looks like a cut and paste job for the most part
News outlets these days want volume with some small amount of quality. When I started in the news business in 1997 it was pretty much the exact opposite. My quota back then was 4 stories a week, now for most reporters it's something in the 12-15 range, plus posting Twitter updates, doing video pieces for the web, doing a lot of smaller tasks that back in the day would've been handled by a clerk or an intern. The workload is unbelievable. So you're going to get quite a few pieces that aren't exactly prize-winners.

We are lucky as Saints fans to be able to read Holder and Tripplett. Two of the best in the business. Read some of the hot garbage other teams' beat writers are doing and you'll understand why. LOL
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News outlets these days want volume.

That's the function of 24 hour news and internet. Filling 25 pages 7 times a week is a different requirement than keeping relevant content on a website to get people to come back more than once a day.

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