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A message from the publisher about the future of our sports coverage

Original post made on Feb 23, 2022

We are going to suspend our sports coverage for the next few months and explore different, less expensive models.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 8:44 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by goodluck
a resident of another community
on Feb 23, 2022 at 10:29 am

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Thanks Bill and staff for the innovative effort, and thoughtful and complete explanation and analysis! Working with the high school journalists sounds like a great idea!

Posted by Anne Anderson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 23, 2022 at 2:12 pm

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I am confused about why a local, community newspaper would not include high school sports as a matter of course. I realize these stories are expensive to cover; I just don’t understand why they are less important than other issues that the news org chooses to cover. It seems it can be a great community builder to know what our local youth are accomplishing.

Posted by staying home
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 23, 2022 at 2:19 pm

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Second the idea of sourcing stories from high schools in the region. Can't imagine why the local programs wouldn't jump at the chance.

I agree with the above comment, that coverage of local high school sports is a key aspect of the community that should be covered. I recommend you involve the AD's from the local schools.

Posted by Sarah
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 23, 2022 at 5:51 pm

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The main reason I bought a subscription to this publication was to follow local sport! Hopefully you find a way to continue your excellent coverage!

Posted by Shawn
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 23, 2022 at 8:29 pm

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Please find a way to cover high school sports , these kids work so hard and it’s very enjoyable for them to read their accomplishments and have a “spot light” on them.

Posted by Teddie
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 24, 2022 at 11:39 am

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Ever since I participated in high school sports back in the 80s always look forward to the local coverage that the Palo Alto weekly provided
Thank you for doing such a wonderful job all these years
I agree with your idea about getting the high school kids involved at Palo Alto high School Viking magazine does a terrific job of sports updates on their own website so for those in the Palo Alto community it's a great source of keeping track of high school athletic programs
I know I personally had sent my email address for the sports update that you were providing but I never received any emails maybe there was an issue with your software?
Thanks again for your coverage and Rick's terrific work hopefully he can continue to be involved in the community athletic programs

Posted by YP
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 24, 2022 at 5:03 pm

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Sad day when I read this

As a parent with two Paly student/athletes (2018/2022) I appreciated the coverage from Rick/Glenn and before that Keith.
I do question the timing of this, with winter sports in playoffs and spring sports to come why couldn't have kept this going a couple more months??
I agree posting scores can be seen in many places like maxpreps, but would love some game coverage of big matches and behind the scenes stories.
One thought is get not only student writers, but ask for volunteer parents to cover events and give a brief summary of the game with some color.
again , thank you Glenn, Keith, Rick!!

Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 1, 2022 at 8:29 am

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This is the canary in the mine and as such is a precursor of what could well happen with all categories of local journalism.

Embarcadero Publishing has been remarkable innovative but we as a community have not rewarded that innovation. Once local journalism is gone it will be almost impossible to recreate it.

We all need to realize that unless we are individually willing to support local journalism (now that ad revenues for local journalism have all but disappeared) then we will soon have no local journalism.

Posted by III
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2022 at 2:53 pm

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Your local sports coverage is probably the best coverage you have.
World events, is ok at best. Local events, very good, but much of
it WHO CARES. Your bloggers are interesting.
Subscription will lapse until you figure it out.

Posted by Bob's
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2022 at 3:38 pm

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I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment of the prior commenters. Coverage of high school sports in particular is for sure the primary reason I have subscribed to and read PA online for the past couple of decades. You are a local publication and our schools, including sports in particular, are a core part of our community cohesiveness. My kids have graduated but I still keep close track of local HS sports. I do appreciate some of the creativity around continuing coverage, in particular involving local high school student reporters, but I also suspect you have a 'silent majority' of readers who check in primarily for local sports coverage. I know anecdotally that this is the case amongst many friends in Palo Alto. Thanks for your excellent coverage up until now!

Posted by Joel
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 14, 2022 at 3:53 pm

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Excellent explanation about local sports not being covered. Hope you find a solution. I, especially, liked the student sports reporters idea. My grandson is graduating and the last of my progeny to play in local sports at Play. So I'll still be interested in how they do but not as much.
Thanks, Joel

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