A little over a week ago, Sports Illustrated cut one-fourth of its staff. Rolling Stone, once a weekly staple for rock-n-rollers and music lovers from coast-to-coast now publishes just 12 times a year. Entertainment Weekly recently became a monthly. Yes, you heard that correctly. Entertainment Weekly … is monthly!?!
The world of print is under attack.
The rise of social media and smartphones, soaring costs associated with paper and ink, fake news, and cries of fake news continue to destroy the print industry.
Like Jay-Z once said, that is both a gift and a curse.
When I began at the newspaper some 20 years ago, our sports coverage focused primarily on local high school sports teams, Westfield State, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and to a lesser degree, the New York Yankees.
Now that nearly all of humanity can get national news and stories about their favorite pro sports teams at the click of a button, it is our job to keep you even better informed (and entertained) when it comes to your local sports news.
While I admit, I think we do a bang-up job when we team up to focus on big games and meaningful events, we still need help from you, as Stephen King would say, our constant reader.
Just like with our local high school coaches and summer youth sports teams reporting scores and recaps following their games, I am going to ask you to help me. Without you, there is no me.
Let me know what you want to see in your daily sports section. Got a story idea or photos you want to share, e-mail them to me. Want to promote a sporting event or request coverage for that event? Reach out to us.
This is your community. This is your sports section. You decide.
Sports Editor Chris Putz can be reached at [email protected]