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NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER 2000
Covering the Games
Erich Schlegel / The Dallas Morning News
... looking back and ahead
Despite some less-than-perfect situations, working the Olympics in Sydney was mostly a pleasant experience. Now it's time to look forward to Salt Lake City and Athens.
• Problems weren't Sydney's fault
Roy Hewitt: Most editors who worked the Games in Australia had few complaints and plenty of praise for Sydney and the Olympic organizers.
• A look ahead to Greece in 2004 ...
Philip Hersh: Despite criticism of its lagging preparations, the Athens Olympic Organizing Committee continues to operate as if it will stage the 2004 Summer Games. That includes media arrangements.
• ... but first there's a stop in 2002
Bruce Dworshak: As the afterglow of the Sydney Games begins to fade, the spotlight on the Salt Lake 2002 Games intensifies.
• AP kept cool – at home and away
Terry Taylor: I confess: the time difference had us spooked. Nagano had been a good warmup act, but these were the Summer Games – the real Olympics – with triple the events.
• Schoney set the standard for us all
Tim Burke: When Steve Schoenfeld, a reporter's reporter, was killed in October by a hit-and-run driver, I remembered a dinner invitation that he had extended to me and my wife-to-be.
• Steve Schoenfeld, struck by hit-and-run driver
Don Pierson: Steve Schoenfeld, who covered the NFL for CBS SportsLine after years as a reporter for newspapers in Phoenix, Dallas, Tulsa and his native Kansas, was killed Oct. 24 in Tempe, Ariz., by a hit-and-run driver.
• Times plan defenses for NBA suit
Bill Brink: On Oct. 6, the NBA sent a letter to the Times, confirming its intention to issue credentials – but with a caveat.
• Small-paper reps needed to judge
Don Skwar: If our judging session at February's winter meeting is to be as free-flowing as Redondo Beach's palm trees, we need to get cracking now.
• Baltimore crabcakes await APSE
Molly Durham: The Orioles won't be in town when the 2001 convention – APSE's 28th – comes to Baltimore (June 27-30), but crabcakes at Camden Yards will be one of the featured attractions.
• Internship appplication form posted
Sandy Bailey: The APSE/Sports Journalism Institute Class of 2001 is more than six months away, but we already owe a ton of thank-yous.
• Taking a look a the real issues
Gregory Lee: The Lynn Hoppes and Randy Beard stories in the June APSE Newsletter attempted to address the same issues that the APME Diversity Committee had spent some time with a month earlier.
• A few tips to improve recruiting
Gregory Lee: A group of minority journalists offered most of these suggestions for recruiting.
• Compete by using your resources
Gene Warnick: You're outnumbered, perhaps as much as 10 to 1. Your lack of resources seems overwhelming. So how do you compete with the metros when it comes to covering the big story?
• Planning can make a point
Gene Warnick: The inclination might be to say that Ken Tingley switched sides. But that would mean that there are sides to be taken.
• Newspaper participation is lacking
Elissa Leibowitz: The number of newspaper articles included in the book "The Best American Sports Writing" has been decreasing steadily each year.
• NHL situation improves – but ...Other news
The biggest change in the National Hockey League, at least for NHL beat reporters, the main difference is locker room access and how much more of it they have.
• On the move: Maas takes over at Tampa Tribune
Kirby Arnold: Rick (Duke) Maas has left his home state and returned to his professional roots.
• Regions: New York papers turn up the heat
The Subway Series might not have played in Peoria, but it dominated coverage in much of the Northeast.
• Final dues notices going into mail in December
The last APSE 2000-2001 dues notices will be in the mail in December.
• Next drive-in workshop Dec. 11 at Costa Mesa
Mike Hiserman and Paul D. Bowker: APSE's 10th drive-in workshop will be Monday, Dec. 11, at National University in Costa Mesa, Calif.
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