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Sports: Gallaudet to blog daily

According to Webopedia, the word “blog” is short for Web log — 365体育投注a web page that “serves as a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Typically updated daily, blogs often reflect the personality of the author.”

Before we raise your hopes to astronomical levels of anticipation, let me say that this new-to-me world of “journalism” I’m about to enter will have some detours from the above-mentioned blog definition.

• Above all, my entries will not be daily: four days a week online, plus an in-print column in The Davis Enterprise (usually on Fridays). The blogs will be 99 percent local sports-related.

• Not all, as the definition says, will “reflect the personality of the author.” I hope to spotlight the personalities of those I’m writing about. Interpret their takes? Sometimes. Criticize, support, inform, entertain … all of those are on the agenda.

• Please understand the reason for the attention to online “publication…” With the coronavirus pandemic physically and mentally reducing much of our population to being shut-ins, my world of responsibility (reporting on sports) has been thrown a Sandy Koufax-era curveball. Traditional newspaper coverage — underpinned by a raft of entertaining/dramatic action photos from games — has been called due to darkness.

365体育投注Couple that with a reduction in newspaper print space because of a virus-accompanying falloff in advertising, and it is incumbent on your Enterprise editorial staff to finds ways to ensure that you remain up to date on all things that matter.

365体育投注For almost 120 years, The New York Times has lived by its motto: “All the news that’s fit to print.”

I guess by joining the online world, this four-day-a-week sports exercise will use a new saying: “All the news that didn’t fit.”

This is uncharted territory for me. Thanks goodness we have sports staffers who are light years ahead of me in this social media/viral environment. Staff writers Lev Farris Goldenberg, Owen Yancher, Evan Ream and correspondent Will Wyman will be providing crisp online features and sports stories outside the friendly confines of your printed Enterprise.

365体育投注These folks, along with associate editor Kim Orendor, also are charged with keeping my elementary knowledge of electronic outreach growing. Good luck to them.

365体育投注Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays you’ll get the same solid sports reporting from the printed Enterprise. Bob Dunning, Doug Kelly and Mark Braly columns; developments on how athletics will be breaking the grips of COVID-19; and valuable features remain the norm in print.

As is my wont, I often look for something clever to say. Given the world’s state of affairs, I’m finding myself more challenged to do that.

365体育投注But maybe that is why this blog has begun. Practicing being upbeat and relevant is something we all need right now.

365体育投注An aside: Don’t get me started on how much I hate the term “blog.” The advent of the WorldWideWeb was to me and my traditional professional as the moveable-type printing press was to the churches of the world in the 1500s.

365体育投注Before Gutenberg’s invention, religious leaders were the only ones holding the so-called truths by producing tomes of meticulously crafted, one-off books. Once Gutenberg got involved — and journalism was born — everybody had access to the printed word.

365体育投注It was newspapers, through the years since, that were the go-to resources for truth, justice and the American … Wait, that’s Superman.

These days you don’t need gallon-barrels of ink and a press crew to get the word out. Anybody can say anything. Presented in a cute enough package, misinformation can fool some of the people some of the time (or in some cases, too many of the people most of the time).

365体育投注Enough. I digress. In short, it is our staff’s sincere hope that your Enterprise Sports 2.0 will add a little extra to your unusual new lifestyle.

365体育投注It is our continued privilege to produce it.

— As always, contact Bruce Gallaudet at [email protected] or call 530-320-4456. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @BGsportsinDavis.

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