October 10, 2005


First, allow me to quote the blog for October 14th.

Write a 400-word editorial, and submit it to a publication where you'd like it to appear. (If your letter is published, send me a clipping for a class participation bonus.)

So me, being a total dumbass, wrote a letter to the editor, it probably could pass as an article, I'll let Dr. Jerz decide that. But here it is, in it's entirity:

The Tribune-Review is only maybe a mile away from Seton Hill University, yet the only coverage for any sport it seems we get is on a Sunday--the day after a football game. Now I love reading the Trib, especially on Sunday’s right before the Steelers kickoff, and I love the coverage the Trib sports section does on high school football games, and even Pitt, W.Va and Penn State games. I understand that even district college teams like IUP, Edinboro, as well as Robert Morris or Duquesne University are bigger, but still we hear about those schools constantly--like Monday's paper even though those schools played on a Friday or Saturday night.

When does Seton Hill University get its chance to shine in the Trib? Why doesn't the Trib care for, as much as it does schools as far south as Florida, Seton Hill University? I mean like I said earlier, you’re only a mile or so from the campus, or an e-mail away, or a phone call. Do some interviews, get some quotes, and come for practices! You’re only a mile and a half from Offutt Field, come to games, get reactions from the crowd, from Chris Snyder, from the opposing coach, maybe some of our freshman and sophomore players.

If I wanted a recap of Seton Hill University’s football games, I would just go to the University’s website and read what they had to say. Big deal, you get two quotes from the coach. What about the players that work their butts off on that field? What about the fans from Greensburg, that is used to success with the Golden Lions teams of the past? Are we to be excluded because the Tribune Review doesn’t want to spend money to send a team of reporters, maybe a couple of photographers to a game, or to the campus itself to get reactions?

I’m not just talking football either, though that is the main aspect of my letter. I am also talking about soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball. The only time, it seems that you see Seton Hill University in the Tribune-Review is when the school does something that is not what they would normally do. I love the human interest stories on President Boyle or on author and professor, Michael A. Arnzen, but come on! Give Seton Hill University sports a fighting chance to be in the same paper as Pitt, or undefeated Penn State. The City of Greensburg deserves to see its own college teams written about. I’m on the Seton Hill newspaper, the Setonian, and we do a better job covering the sports—and we only come out once a month for an entire semester!

It's 464 words, well over the limit set. I sent it to the Sports Editor of the Greensburg Tribune-Review, bit I have not gotten a response yet.

Posted by lougagliardi at October 10, 2005 12:14 PM | TrackBack

your reason is my reason--I could do home games, but that's about it.

I'm not saying they aren't doing an adequate job--believe me--they do a good job of getting photos, getting quotes ON game day--im talking about all things that happen BEFORE game, the practices, etc. They can get quotes from the Steelers, from the Panthers, from the *ugh* Mountaineers before game day, but what about the Griffins, I'm sure that there are plenty of student-atheletes who have an opinion to voice, or a coach has something to say before he says it in/after the game.

Or how about interviewing Coach Snyder about a particular injury (if any) and how it will effect their game day.

and I've already looked into becoming a freelancer for the Trib--I just emailed their sports editor yesterday, just waiting on a reply.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 12, 2005 08:08 AM

I know what you're saying. I didn't mean to bring my own pet peeves into this (but I was mad).

Dr. Jerz is right--if you think you could do it, why don't you try being a stringer, Lou?

In fact, I want to do that, too! *sigh* No car.

Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at October 12, 2005 12:59 AM

Often local sports journalists simply don't have the time to cover all the local events. But local papers often hire stringers -- writers who are hired on a per-story basis. If you really feel this strongly about it, and if you feel you know your AP Stylebook well enough, why not try to be the reporter who covers those games? The money a stringer earns isn't great, but it's good professional experience.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 11, 2005 03:36 PM

I definitely do not disagree, Ashley.

My orginial focus was just to turn this in to say "hey look idiots SHU has the same amount of sports as Pitt or our backward cousins, West Virgina. We also do more at school." but you guys have turned it into oh so much more! Thank you!

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 11, 2005 03:00 PM

Fan Vans are only for Football games right now? That is ridiculous. You can walk to the stadium from here! You can't really walk to St. Vincent’s. Last year and the year before they had Fan Vans going to volleyball games and such. That is just disappointing that the focus is so much on football. Look at the Girls Soccer team! What are they 14-0? They should definitely have Fan Vans going to their games, especially come playoff time if the games are close to Greensburg.

Posted by: Ashley Welker at October 11, 2005 02:41 PM

It's a shame too--Seton Hill University could get more people to ALL of it's sporting events if there was more coverage.

I know that my "editoral" started out as a football thing..but I really intended it to be about all sports, but was using football as an example.

It makes me sick too. We're Greensburg, Pennsylvania, not Pittsburgh Part II.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 11, 2005 11:20 AM

Unfortunately, it's true that the Trib does not cover alot of local sports. I can explain why, since I have asked my boss similar questions.

Over the recent months, the Trib has been consolidating its two newspapers, the Tribune-Review and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. This means that less is being written in the Greensburg office and more is being written in the Pittsburgh office. This would explain the influx of Pittsburgh coverage. They also share editorial departments, which explains the smaller number of letters to the editor, and why most of them are from areas other than Westmoreland County.

I totally agree with you, but unfortunately the paper doesn't see it that way. The same situation happens back home with the Beaver County Times. They only really cover Pittsburgh stuff. Of course, they don't really have a good excuse, since they don't have a sister paper anywhere else.

Posted by: Mike Rubino at October 11, 2005 11:16 AM

I dont doubt that--but what my point really is Val: Pittsburgh, which is 40+ miles away gets more coverage from the local paper than a university that's only 2-3 miles away. It's pathetic.

I mean it's like i said, I wrote an article for the Setonian on the football program last semester, and did a better job covering the program than the Trib did.

Heck, even on my blog, I did a better job.

Posted by: Lou Gagliardi at October 11, 2005 12:27 AM

Heh, did you happen to notice that the SHU football game--the one in which SHU lost TERRIBLY to Tiffin--was on the front page of the sports section Sunday? Always nice.

Personally, I don't see how you can expect the Trib to care much about SHU's sports teams, when SHU itself seems to be a bit biased anymore. Like the other day, when I asked the activities department about Fan Vans to the volleyball game with St. Vincent. That was a BIG game, but alas, Fan Vans are "only for the football games right now." How disappointing that must have been to all those volleyball players who played an AMAZING game that night, but only a small amount of SHU fans got to witness it.

Posted by: Valerie Masciarelli at October 11, 2005 12:21 AM
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