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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Dear diary: Another day, a new website (re-launched) and more work

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Dear diary: Another day, a new website (re-launched) and more work

Dear diary,
Important memo: Prepare for more work...the day ends in 'Y'

Today is a great day as the Community News website is re-launched with a new look, a new platform but most importantly with a lot more attention being paid to it in the offices at 20 Lake Avenue.

For a long time we used a platform called Zwire, it was basic, it was older and I tried to fill it for both the news and sports sections as much as I could. Meanwhile, properties across the company, starting with the daily paper were getting the new and improved platform. It made sense and I waited patiently, but then the other weeklies started getting the new platform. Then I started to stew...

Well, here it is here.

It's similar across out company, but is brighter, more interactive and of course, more work.

The Community News editor, Donna Bell has blog on the front page, much to her chagrin and so does our managing editor Barbara Lombardo. As for my blog ...well, I'm in the sports section. My wife did remind me that I don't have to be the center of attention on every web page in both papers and it stems from my being an only child...Great, to be married to a psychologist is really paying off.

I had a simple response...."Well, Reda, sometimes a blog is just a blog."  Ya, she didn't think it was funny either.

So a new day, new stuff like MyCapture, added to Twitter and Facebook duties, daily video mandates become a part of my day, but the Barbara Lombardo did remind the staff of The Saratogian that if it happens in Southern Saratoga County, then it needs to go on the website immediately. So check back often as a whole lot more hands have been called on deck for our reader and that can only be a good thing.

Thanks for reading in the past and in the future.

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