NEWSLETTER FOR FEBRUARY 2003
Consider the budget crunch diet. We've all had a little taste of it. Hiring freezes. Travel cutbacks. Doing more with less. But, after a few years of fighting the good fight, have sports sections across the country emerged with less fat and more muscle? Has the belt-tightening made sports departments leaner and meaner?
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First rule of the contest: Don't talk about the contest
John Cherwa: Every once in a while you'll hear someone say that APSE is around for just one reason — the contest. Of course, it's an ill-informed opinion but it does get to the one area in our organization that has been an almost constant lightning rod of controversy. The contest.
Hispanic journalists organize
Jorge Rojas: Web and human resources will put candidates together with jobs faster.
Where you can find diversity candidates
Texas legend: Blackie Sherrod retires
Kevin Sherrington: After nearly 60 years building a reputation, in the words of his most famous prodigy, as "the best sports columnist in the history of Texas newspapers as well as one of the greatest in the history of earth," Blackie Sherrod called it quits in January.
'The right time:' George Solomon retires
Kirby Arnold: George Solomon will return to writing on June 1 when he steps down as The Washington Post's assistant managing editor for sports, ending a run as the longest-serving AME ever at the paper.
Much work left to be done for small papers
Brad Zimanek: Last month, in an unexpected turn of events, I left my job as sports editor at the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald to become sports editor of the Post-Crescent in Appleton, Wis., which is one notch higher up the APSE circulation ladder. Because of the switch, I must relinquish my third vice president position that is tailored to reprsent the under-40,000 class.
Checks back to forefront
Don Skwar: The issue of background checks as a prerequisite to obtaining credentials to major sports events reared its head again this winter when the Orange Bowl and NBA All-Star Game included the procedures as part of their application processes.
Will McDonough (1936-2003)
Tom Mulvoy and Bill Griffith: Will McDonough, a sports reporter and columnist for The Boston Globe for 41 years whose byline made readers sit up and take notice, died of a heart attack at his home on Jan. 16. He was 67.
Wick Temple (1938-2003)
Christopher Sullivan: Wick Temple, an Associated Press vice president whose four-decade career ranged from newsgathering in the civil rights-era South to leading the AP's sports, news, personnel and newspaper membership departments, has died. He was 65.
Hall of a good time in South Bend
Paul D. Bowker: APSE's fall drive-in workshop was held at the College Football Hall of Fame on a snowy December day in South Bend, Ind.
Roundtable: XXXth anniversary of Title IX
Michael Anderson: Whether we like it or not, with the 30th anniversary of Title IX just passing, we are in an where we are challenged to balance coverage of a multitude of sports across interest and gender lines.
• Region reports
A look at APSE region activity.
• On the move
Kirby Arnold: A region-by-region look at personnel moves.
• Color photographs wanted
Note from the APSE webmaster.
• 2001 APSE contest judges
Final writing judges
Preliminary writing and final section judges
APSE newspapers, by circulation category