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It’s Monday, and another scramble

Each Monday things get hectic at the sports desk, as I juggle which stories to focus on for publication on the sports pages of The Glengarry News. Of course, the newspaper has limited space, so not everything can go in. My goal is to prioritize stories based on importance and time-sensitivity, while at the same time trying to include articles on a range of sports at various levels, from across the county.

Fortunately, in recent years we have expanded the use of our website, which allows me to post additional items there, along with updates to stories that do go into the newspaper. If you haven’t checked it out lately, you can find Sports in the Glens online at www.sportsintheglens.com

For those curious, my Monday tasks include writing and editing stories, handling e-mails and other enquiries or submitted content, processing photos for publication (print and digital), and then laying out the content on the pages. That part is somewhat like doing a jig-saw puzzle, as each content piece (a headline, a story, a graphic, a photo) must be placed and adjusted to fill the page.

This work continues into Tuesday morning, before the pages are then submitted to our printing company and online digital processor.

Typically the online edition of The News goes live around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, while the print product is on newsstands and in mailboxes on Wednesday for you to enjoy.

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Journalism (and journalists) need to be supported if the public is to be kept informed

Kevin Cate works in public relations in Florida. Recently he took to his website to stand up for journalists and journalism.

The print and digital editions of newspapers allow us to be briefed like kings and queens for next to nothing. Seriously, you’d have to be a billionaire to afford that on your own.

Newspapers are worth defending.

So, tomorrow, I want you to share on social media why you love and subscribe to your favorite newspapers using #LoveMyNewspaper and tagging your favorite newspapers.

So this got me wondering if people realize what a journalist does, what newspapers do to help readers/viewers to be informed. The old adage “use it or lose it” seems to fit here. That is, if people don’t support journalists and journalism, the reality is that industry will die. Over the past decade or so, we have seen a decline from the “golden age” of the industry, with newspapers small and large shut down, while corporate media barons fire staff at remaining publications.

I’ve all too frequently heard the comment “I get my news from Facebook.” That saddens me. Anyone can post on Facebook, and can post whatever they like. The content is generally not sourced, researched, or verified. In my view, Facebook is great to stay connected with people you know and with community groups to know what’s going on, but as a news source, it’s value is questionable. Ironically, all the big media outlets have a presence on Facebook, posting stories free for anyone to read. How long can they continue to give away journalism for free?

If being an informed citizen on the world matters to you, please support your local newspaper.

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Putting together sports pages this week from afar

Well, afar sort of, if Toronto counts as afar.

Away at a convention this week, I am taking advantage of technology to complete my writing, editing, and assembly of the content for the sports pages of the Nov. 25 edition of The Glengarry News.

Things have changed significantly over the decade I have worked as sports editor for our community newspaper.  I can recall in my early years receiving most of my content via fax – game sheet after game sheet.  We shared one e-mail address at The News, so from a sports perspective, I didn’t have a dedicated account as I do now.

And thank goodness I have e-mail these days, as that is probably my main point of contact for the bulk of my stories.  League websites have also come a long way too, making information access much more efficient.

But until recently, I had to be in the office to actually write my stories and assemble my pages. Not anymore, thanks to the wonders of VPN.

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