Sunday’s print edition of The Charlotte Observer included a few pages of college football coverage. 50% of page 17C was devoted to NC State Football with three articles – two of which had been run in the N&O and on ACCNow in the days before Sunday.
The other 50% of page 17C was devoted to college football’s “National Outlook”. At the bottom of the page they had a section labeled “Big East”.
Guess the big news coming out of the “Big East” over the weekend?
“University of Miami quarterback Robert Marve was told Friday that he has been suspended for the season opener against Charleston Southern….”
Wow. You can see the online version of this by clicking here.
I don’t know if this is a direct result of the recent consolidation and changes at the Charlotte Observer/News & Observer or just more incompetence from the Charlotte Observer…but that is just sad.
In some related ‘newspaper news’ it was announced last week that, “Frank Dascenzo is retiring from the Durham Herald-Sun, ending a 39-year run with the paper. The longtime columnist is getting out while Paxton Media Group, owner of the Herald-Sun, continues to cut staff and suffer dwindling paper circulation.”
850′s BuzzBlog has more and also discusses some very important recent changes in coverage at the N&O.
The News & Observer promoted Carolina Hurricanes beat writer Luke DeCock to columnist and shifted assignments for Chip Alexander and Ken Tysiac. These moves were inevitable after the Charlotte Observer and the N&O combined newsrooms. Alexander, who has worked at the N&O since 1979, will move from NC State coverage to the Canes. Tysiac will go from Charlotte’s all-around ACC guy to the Wolfpack beat.
Few writers are more in tune with their beat and as connected than Chip Alexander was at NC State. I know that it is popular to criticize the N&O, but the trio of Alexander, Caulton Tudor, and JP Giglio couldn’t be much better.
Conversely, we’ve made no secret of our feelings of frustration related to Tysiac in the past, so there is no reason to re-hash them in too much detail here. He is not from Tobacco Road and therefore has a more modern knowledge base of the local schools.
Additionally, Tysiac chose to place his obvious admiration of Herb Sendek above a commitment to understanding the situation from more than one perspective. This led to an unfair misinterpretation of our fan base during the Sendek years. Conversely, the N&O actually handled the Sendek years fairly well with Caulton Tudor leading the way with occassional articles that were based on a much more complex understanding of the situation than any other writer in the ACC. There was a BIG DIFFERENCE in the tone and content of the two papers during those years.
HOPEFULLY, covering NC State will force Tysiac to generate some positive perspectives of the Wolfpack that will smooth out his coverage and occasional condescending tone that feels more like Greg Doyel than journalists who actually command some respect.
To be fair, Tysiac’s print articles and posting on ACCNow since taking over the Wolfpack beat have been both abundant and of high quality during the first month of this new coverage model. I hope that it continues and we can develop a mutual appreciation for each other. If he keeps up the great work then things will be fine.