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The GrunkleGuru

Grunkle is a slang term for the thick rough on a golf course that I have been using for many years. Given my penchant for inaccurate tee balls, I have become a bit of a guru out of the thick stuff, hence the name. This is a site for my random thoughts about sports (espeically golf) and life in general. While nothing special, it will hopefully offer a break from the daily drudgery for both you and me.

June 13, 2005

Disappointed In The Local Newspaper

Man, there is a lot to discuss in the world of golf this week, and I will get to as much of it as I can. However, before I get into the fun stuff, I feel that I must take the sports department of the Greensboro News & Record to task.

I have a passion for golf that most don’t necessarily understand. It is the same passion that people like Hoggard feel for local issues, or Wharton feels for urban revitalization, or Councilwoman Carmany feels for her political responsibilities. It is an essential part of my life, but not something that consumes me 24/7. Sometimes, there is too much of a good thing.

However, the News & Record has done a major dis-service to the local golf community this past weekend. Not one article has been written on the Greensboro City Championship (otherwise known as the Bryan Amateur). In fact, I only saw scores in the Sunday paper, nothing Saturday after the first round, and nothing today showing the winners. Well, I did not see anything at least. Nothing in the paper, nothing on the web, nothing in the blogs.

The News & Record is supposedly shifting their focus to more of a local paper as evidenced by the recent decision to no longer pay the NY Times for content. If this is the case, then why did they not have a reporter covering the local golf championships, or at least publish the scores of participants.

In conclusion, I would like to say that they did a great cover piece on the malaise that golf in North Carolina is facing now (which I will post on later), and I am confident that they will have adequate coverage of the U.S. Open, but for a supposed local paper to ignore a major local sporting event is unacceptable.

UPDATE: John Newsome at the N&R issued a mea culpa in my comments, which I appreciate. The results are also posted in today's sports section. Thanks for addressing this situation John.


At 11:19 AM, Blogger jimcaserta said...

It's not just golf, but all local sports. They barely cover prep sports, and don't cover the Stan Musial 18+ baseball league at all.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the feedback.

Guru: I didn't know about the Bryan tourney until I opened Sunday's paper and saw the results. There are more events going on locally than we have people to do cover them, and it helps when event organizers let us know they're happening. (If anyone sees this, get in touch with us at 373-7062 or sports@news-record.com). If we can't send a reporter, we'll take results by telephone and e-mail. I'm assuming that's how the results came in for Sunday's paper. I don't know why final-round results didn't make today's N&R.

Jim: I'd love more detail on how we "barely cover" prep sports. From where I sit -- I'm responsible for prep sports coverage, among other things -- we have prep sports in the paper just about every day during the school year.

Guilty as charged on the Stan Musial league. If you have a contact person who can provide us scores and stats, I'd love the info.

- John Newsom, assistant sports editor, News & Record

At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry -- I posted before giving my contact info. I'm at 373-7312 or jnewsom (at) news-record.com.

- John Newsom, N&R

At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Update: I just spoke with Karen Widener, the events coordinator at Bryan Park. She said her folks faxed final-round Bryan Amateur results to us Sunday. We obviously missed them -- that's out fault. We have them now, and we should have the rundown in Tuesday's paper.

- John Newsom, N&R

At 3:09 PM, Blogger The Grunkle Guru said...


Thank you for following up. I realize the constraints that you must face on a regular basis.

Let's hope that all events do a better job of marketing their events. That should go a long way towards improving coverage.

At 4:38 PM, Blogger David Wharton said...

A couple of years ago, I asked if the N&R would start publishing dual meet results of the Community Swim Association, and they've been very obliging.

But they depend on us to compile and format the results -- we're basically our own reporters.

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David: We appreciate what you do to compile those results. Thank you.

We depend a lot on colleges, high schools and community groups to let us know what's coming up and to send in scores and stats. If you get the info to us, we'll get it in the paper. That approach isn't unique to us -- every big city daily Sports section in the nation has more to cover than they have staff to cover it.

Think of it as community journalism, what JR and Lex have blogged about extensively.

- John Newsom, N&R

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if there was ever an area where a blog network could contribute to coverage -- linked or not by the n&r -- it's local/youth/prep sports.

i think it's a business opportunity, as well as a way of getting the news out.

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