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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.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Come talk sports with The Saratogian

When it comes to covering local sports, our goal at The Saratogian is to aim for a homerun. A hole in one. A slam dunk. A perfect 300 game. A perfect 10. A hat trick. A touchdown. A knockout. A pin. We want to hit the wire first.

You get the idea.

The Saratogian is built on a foundation of local news, and at its core is local sports. What does that mean to you? Your interests are wide and varied. We want to hear from you about how we’re doing and how we can do better — and to talk about how we can work together to showcase local sports in print and online.

We’ve booked a meeting room at the Gideon Putnam for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, and you’re invited.

This informal community forum is an opportunity to meet Sports Editor Andrew Bernstein and the rest of the sports staff, along with Publisher Mike O’Sullivan (a local sports fanatic), me and others. We’ll introduce ourselves and let you know what’s new with The Saratogian, in print and online, along with its weekly products, Ballston Spa Life, WG Life and the Community News.

Most important, we want to hear from you. Anything concerning sports is fair game. You might be a coach, a volunteer, a parent, a player, a plain old sports fan. You might be interested in high school, youth sports, outdoor activities, college … you name it.

All you have to do is RSVP so we know how many cookies to order. Call 583-8702 or click here to RSVP.

Many of you communicate us via e-mail and telephone and comments on stories and blogs. All that’s fine. But face-to-face time hasn’t gone out of style.

As a small way of saying thanks, we will draw the name of a participant that evening to win a free ad in The Saratogian for the non-profit organization of their choice.

I hope you’ll make the time to join us. Help us hit the bull’s eye.


Blogger NOW. HERE. THIS. said...

HERE'S a couple of HOT Sports Beats from the SPA CITY HALL SLEEPWALKING STAKES--

RAH! (state-of-the-city-'09), RAH!! (state-of-the-city-'10), RAH!!! (got-us-an-RFP), AHHHHH Ambien… (Joe-says-I-oughta'-take-a-nap!).


RAH! (it-is-historic), RAH!! (it-is-not-negotiable), RAH!!! (hey-it-is-raining-bricks), AHHHHHH LUV the sound of DEMOLITION in the MORNIN'… (smells-like-victory!).


RAH! (pretty-little-front-page-photo), RAH!! (lots-of-letters-from-Elders), RAH!!! (is-that-REALLY-what-a-Crack-Vial-looks-like?) RAH!!! (nothin'-like a-DEIS-to-justify-delay), RUNNNNNNNN AWAY FROM THE BUILDING ON FIRE!!!!... (oh-so-what-if-there's-only-six-feet 'tween buildings!).

But BOO to YORK’s Letter-to-Editor!
('Twas clearly out-of-bounds).

So how's the text/tweet/blog thing comin? Ready for the Big Leagues… Like PITCH IN on PALIN!?!?!? Or doesn't the JOURNAL REGISTER allow that?

-Kyle York
Sports Fan

March 6, 2010 at 5:58 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The joke that is the Saratogian. The city is falling apart and Barb and her publisher are fiddling. Way to waste a full editorial page asking about T-Ball scores. NEWSPAPERS ARE DYING. MIGHT WANT TO COVER SARATOGA. If you'd like, I'd be happy to forward a copy of today's TU about the mess that is Saratoga. How out of touch are you?

March 6, 2010 at 6:24 PM 
Blogger Fresh Ink said...

Dear Anonymous, Sorry to disappoint you, but newspapers are not dying, they are re-emerging under the broader concept of "media companies" delivering news faster and in more ways. We're still in the business of gathering and reporting news, which people still want and need.

March 8, 2010 at 5:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your sports section is beyond saving. It has been in a downward spiral for months. NOBODY cares about Pee Wee hockey. Get a clue. Get a real editor who knows something about sports, and stop ignoring all the great stories at Skidmore. Did you know they have good sports teams there? You wouldn't by your putrid coverage.

March 11, 2010 at 9:39 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seemed for a while you guys were getting it with your sports coverage, but it has been down the toilet recently. What happened? I only get the TU and Post Star for sports coverage now. They actually seem to have an idea what they are doing.

March 11, 2010 at 2:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@anonym 3/11 6:39... Wny knock Pee Wee Hockey? How many games did Skidmore win this year? 9 out of 30? Thats impressive. Now how about the high school team? They're playing for a state championship. Of course, you wouoldn't know it buy reading the local fish wrap. But hey, there's crappy video of... well just a lot of crappy video...

March 11, 2010 at 6:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Skidmore's basketball teams were both among the best in their league. That is what I was talking about, not their hockey team. And yeah, Saratogian's coverage of Saratoga High hockey has been awful also ... but you see coverage about bike racing now. The editor likes bike racing, so that is a big deal now. A clueless section of a clueless paper that has clueless leaders.

March 12, 2010 at 10:03 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Togian needs MAJOR changes in sports. Today their big story was on rodeo and they had another story on the cover about asbestos at East Side "Wreck." You would never know that Toga hockey is in the state semis or Shen girls basketball is in the state tourney. Poor leadership from the publisher all the way down.

March 12, 2010 at 1:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Toga hockey is in states? really? never would have known. The local sports blog is only about the shen goalie getting player of the year. Not about the Toga goalie leading his team to the state semifinals. Got to love the local paper.

March 12, 2010 at 3:59 PM 
Blogger Fresh Ink said...

If you didn't know the SSHS team was in the states, you haven't been following The Saratogian. Sportswriter Stan Hudy and photographer Ed Burke will be at tomorrow's semi-finals in Utica. Hopefully Saratoga will be in Sunday's championship game, and we'll be there, too.
By the way, bike racing, kids' sports and even rodeos are activities that interest lots of people, as spectators, parents and participants. You're welcome to comment here, anonymous complainers, but I hope you sign up for the community sports meeting we're holding on March 22, so we can talk about your concerns.

March 12, 2010 at 9:42 PM 

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