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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Dear Diary: Rowing wrap wrapped up with some help from my friends

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, May 27, 2010

Dear Diary: Rowing wrap wrapped up with some help from my friends

Dear diary: They say it takes a village, but last night it just took a little lot of help from my friends to complete the 4-page rowing wrap around today's sports section for The Saratogian.

It included 125 headshots of every Saratoga County competitor, courtesy of photographer extrordinaire Erica Miller who posed, took, formatted and uploaded each and everyone of the photos.

The four-page section included stories from sports editor Andrew Bernstein who also laid out pages 1 and 4 and a history piece from Paul Post.

That would be enough, but when you tack on it was Community News layout night, Nicole Russo was an angel, patiently waiting for yet another story from me about our fresh faced local rowing coaches. I was late getting it to her, but was officially a day early for The Saratogian.

Then as the clock started to speed up towards a new day, Emily Donahue offered up some help, moving from reporter to copy desk for the night and put together my kids photo page for the Community News.

Then there is the boss. Barbara Lombardo ducked out for some quick dinner with the family and then came back to put the finishing touches on the section. She re-proofed the stories and added a few fine tune-ups to the section, things that get the usual "Awww, leave it" by those of us looking at the same thing for a few hours, she plucked out to really make it shine.

It's a labor of love, but I think it'll be well received and all before an oar even dips into Fish Creek, so the heavy lifting continues to more help from 20 Lake Avenue.

Web editor Steve Shoemaker is pushing the limits on a salaried employees hours, working with me this weekend with live video, blogging, tweeting and chats. He'll be there for data entry, the bride, Reda, will be on hand to handle the chats and me, well I plan to be everywhere probably trying to do everything.

We have a video show scheduled for this evening on UStream and will post on The Saratogian web-site, follow-up again Friday and Saturday night, so tune in at

Now I have to get one more story done or else I owe our publisher a coffee...probably from a small cafe in Brazil if he wins this bet...

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