Blanchard River Buzz

A blog for rabid sports fans in the Findlay Area. Maintained by Findlay Courier sports writer Jamie Baker. The opinions expressed are my own crazed ramblings and not those of my employer the Findlay Publishing Company and its subsidiaries.

Monday, July 24, 2006

What do you want to see in your sports section?

We get complaints all the time at The Courier. Some are certainly justified and others are not.

I guess the biggest complaint we get is that we favor certain schools above others. Well in a way that is true. Of course, we cover Findlay High School more than the other 30 schools in our coverage area. It's by far the largest school and the city's population makes up about half of the county's entire population.

That said, we don't favor one county school over another. Let's face it though if you win, you get the headlines. If the team you follows loses then you may not even want to read about it in the newspaper (just kidding of course).

It's tough sometimes to compare newspapers. People sometimes compare us to smaller papers like the Kenton Times. What people don't realize is that they may cover 4 or 5 schools while we have 30 schools to cover. Same with The Blade. They cover more schools than we do so there will be a bigger gap in their coverage of Findlay area schools.

It's tough sometimes to get everything in the paper that goes on locally because of space considerations. But we do our best.

So what do you want to see more of in the sports section? More features on area athletes? More game coverage? More or less coverage of the so-called minor sports like soccer, volleyball, golf, etc? More national news? Local prep football stats? Football preview capsules?

In your opinion what are we doing right and what can we do better? In addition feel free to submit any story ideas that you think should be touched on.


  • At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I would like to see more BVC and GBC statistics. The Courier does a great job with baseball, softball, and the track honor roll, but where are the stats for football and basketball?

  • At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Courier gets way too much off the AP. If you have an internet connection you have already read 75% of the news in the paper. If that is the case why do they need a staff. Your niche is local news. Thats the only place you can compete so give us local news. I want BOTH the good and the bad. I don't want to have to search through the paper for Trojan scores or Legion scores. It amazes me how if they win they are page 1, if they lose its page 3 or 4 or not even listed. A fan follows through good and bad. Its a fair weather paper and makes for fickle fans. That is not good for anyone. I want to know about the bullshit the administration at FHS does so dont hide it. If they are held accountable they will be forced to fix it. And yes Jerry Snodgrass is a huge problem. Why wasnt there any comments on the golf team? Why are those golfers playing this fall? Are they exempt from the rules. The Courier needs to stand up for the community.


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