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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

A move from news to sports

Andrew J. Bernstein, who's been city reporter since November 2007, began this week in his new position as sports editor.

Bernstein surprised me when he indicated interest in the position, because he was doing a solid job on the city beat. But he was ready for a new challenge, and I'm glad to be able to offer it.
And believe me, it will be a challenge -- the sports editor is arguably the toughest job in the newsroom.

The focus of the sports section is local, and the demands are intense. Consider the dozens of local high school, youth, and adult athletics that deserve attention. And consider that we have a staff of five full-timers to write, edit and paginate the sports section of The Saratogian, not to mention the Community News, our weekly newspaper serving southern Saratoga County. And remember that we are also in a competitive media market, making it all the more critical that we serve local readers better than anyone else.

By the way, to the person trying to tell me about a Japanese porn site on the blog, I am trying to respond to you that I don't see what you are talking about. Of course I don't want a link to a porn site. Where should I be looking to eliminate it?


Blogger Steve Shoe said...

The spam comment to the offending site has been removed, Barb.

January 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM 
Blogger Tucker said...

Amazing that she didn't know the site was offensive and then didn't know you had removed it, Steve.

January 7, 2010 at 6:44 AM 
Blogger Steve Shoe said...

Well, let's be fair: We in the office here at 20 Lake Ave. are all wearing multiple hats and tending to many things at any given time. Those of use who are less-prolific bloggers than our former city reporter (now sports editor) don't check for new blog comments on a regular basis -- myself included.

When notified via e-mail that there was an offensive spam link left as a comment, we were only told it was "on our site." Naturally we looked at and didn't see anything, and did not immediately think it may have been in one of the blogs (which are skinned to look like our site but are actually administered by Google's Blogger) and as such accessed differently.

Anyhow, it should be a moot point now, but I'm honestly surprised that a) anyone would be surprised by a spam comment in this day and age and b) would make more out of it than it is.

January 7, 2010 at 6:37 PM 

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