When you’re basically the entire sports department, balance is a major issue. I have to constantly juggle my time between McAlester High School and the other 11 local schools, each of which some percentage of my readers cares about.
I covered McAlester football really well in the fall while still giving a fair amount of coverage to the other six football teams. I did an alright job with McAlester softball, a slightly less alright job with regional softball, and absolutely no job with fall baseball. Even still, I think I achieved a pretty appropriate balance between McAlester and the other local schools.
During the basketball season, I definitely shifted pretty heavily towards the small schools. I didn’t plan on doing that, but between the high quality of some of those teams (Kiowa, Stuart, etc) and McAlester traveling so much (and farther away), covering the small schools was way, way easier.
I know readers in McAlester got frustrated with how unbalanced my coverage was in favor of the small schools, but since the season changed over, I feel like its flipped. Now almost all of my coverage is about McAlester, and McAlester baseball more specifically.
Because I can’t possibly cover every team, I hope readers respect the attempt at balance, even if I don’t always achieve it. And as this is still my first year as a full-time sports reporter, I guess all I can do is keep learning with each new season.
Anyway, here’s what I wrote this week.