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Letter to Romenesko
From PATRICK McILHERAN: The Washington Post this year found a great face to illustrate opening day for the Nationals. But it’s not like the kid didn’t have practice at making the front page. The [Washington] Times used him two years earlier for the playoffs. No, I don’t know the kid. You just remember good photos and distinctive names, that’s all.
Grantland editor-in-chief and ESPNer Bill Simmons spent nearly 40 minutes of a recent podcast talking about his climb up journalism’s ladder, and how he almost quit the profession twice out of frustration. (He thought that because he had been a four-year sports columnist at the Holy Cross Crusader that he’d get a column right out of college. Instead, he ended up covering high school sports at the Boston Herald before joining AOL Digital Cities and then ESPN.)
Simmons closed his podcast segment this way:
The reason I’m telling that story is because, first of all, everyone always asks me how I ended up here [at ESPN]. But also, I really did almost quit [journalism] twice. I almost quit in ’96, and I almost quit in 2000. I literally almost gave up.
I always get emails from writers who are trying to figure out what to do with their life, or they’re hoping for some break or whatever. There’s really no way to help anybody; there’s no magic sentence to tell somebody. Because, really, it comes down to: are you willing to outwork everybody else? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to get a chance? And if you get that chance, how hard are you going to work once you get it? And that’s it. There’s no magic comment other than that. You just have to work harder than anybody else.
* Bill Simmons on his journey to joining ESPN.com (The B.S. Report)
New: The problem with Simmons’ advice, according to my Facebook friends/subscribers
Charlotte Observer sports editor Mike Persinger writes on Facebook: “As [we] move into the digital age, we’re dropping Major League Baseball box scores from the printed newspaper. We will still devote similar space to baseball, just with more notes and feature stories. Still, there will be calls. Pray for me.”
Have the calls come in this morning? I asked Persinger.
“Yes, perhaps a hundred,” he says. “We have a dedicated email and voicemail we put with the announcement.”
I’m told that “several” other McClatchy papers are also dropping box scores. (I called McClatchy spokesman Peter Tira to find out how many. I’m waiting for him to return my message. | 9:45 p.m. ET update: Still no return call.)
A Romenesko reader tells me: “Sacramento Bee today had standings and only Giants and A’s boxes with no roundup of games. The irony is the Gannett is now producing daily baseball pages – with full boxes – for all of its markets.”
Do you work for a McClatchy paper (or read one)? Let me know if the box scores were dropped from your paper.
* Update: Read comments from my Facebook friends and subscribers
* Sorry magazine publishers, but Tina Brown isn’t buying your print product as often these days. “The stories get posted on the Web immediately, so …I read them online.” (desmoinesregister.com)
* ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped “NBC Nightly News” in total viewers last week; that hasn’t happened since 2009. (@BrianStelter) | NBC says it’s still pleased with Lester Holt‘s performance. (@brianstelter)
* Jack Shafer on the Rolling Stone mess: “May Satan capture your soul and make it his plaything if you think you and your publication are incapable of such journalistic malpractice.” (politico.com) | Where were the lawyers? (whenjournalismfails.com)
* “What occurred at Rolling Stone is far from unique,” notes John Kroll. (johnkrolldigital.com)
* A nice summary of Vanity Fair’s long Brian Williams piece: (cnn.com) | …or read the whole thing: (vanityfair.com)
* The VF piece has “waaaay to many anonymous quotes to be trusted,” tweets NYT’s Lydia Polgreen. (@lpolgreen)
* A parent in Kansas is shocked to see “Fifty Shades of Grey” positively reviewed in his kid’s high school newspaper. (gctelegram.com)
* Yup: “Traffic from Drudge can be a double-edged sword.” The pageviews bump is great, I’ve found, but the comments left by his fans are repulsive. (digiday.com)
* New York Times’ standards editor wants colleagues to produce “clear, simple prose that is fresh and intelligent.” (nytimes.com)
* What the Washington Post and six other newspapers are doing with their Instagram accounts. (ajr.org)
* David Carr‘s death at 58 has a Washington Post reporter asking: “How long do I have?” and “How will I use that time?” (washingtonpost.com)
* National Press Photographers Association names its NPPA Short Grants winners. (nppa.org)
* JOBS: A new sleep-focused website is looking for editors and writers. (Romenesko Jobs)
* The Webby Awards nominees have been announced. (webbyawards.com)
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