Being in the "press" was an exclusive proposition. We did things the average person could not do. Newspapers had access to the printing press. It was magic in terms of being able to dispense journalism.
You got to see your writing with justified margins! People could go their whole lives and never see their writing in a form with justified margins. Today people go online and can present their writing in a form that looks totally professional.
Too bad most of the writing isn't consistent with that standard. I have an advantage on most people: I once worked in the press.
This coaching contact who I alluded to is in Stevens County. She does not coach Morris. My primary website (or blog) is called "I Love Morris." Logically the focus is on Morris.
I'm happy though to write about any enriching youth sports endeavor. In December I had some time to write about the Hancock girls basketball team. I also wrote some about the UMM cagers.
But after January 1, the local sports slate got so hectic, I had to draw a line somewhere. I prioritized the Morris Area prep teams for a very good reason. The site is "I Love Morris."
UMM is Morris too, naturally, but UMM as an institution reports on its own sports teams in an absolutely optimal way on the web. My work might seem redundant!
The UMM website is state of the art. It's natural for colleges to be aggressive this way, as they are in a competitive situation for attracting students and student-athletes. Student-athletes make a huge commitment to their education. They definitely get their due on the University of Minnesota-Morris website.
I have long wished high schools could follow their lead. But high schools just haven't felt the inspiration to harness the tremendous public relations potential of the web yet. So high schools generally just sit back and let the "old media" continue taking the lead.
That means newspapers and radio - the old turnips of the communications universe. They bombard us with advertising. The ads serve their interest, not the interests of the kids. The businesses just rake in the dollars.
Online, people can be inspired to practice journalism with the purest of intentions. I am starting this second website (or blog) to handle some of the "spillover" caused by sports. I cannot accommodate all the sportswriting I would like to do, on the old "I Love Morris" site.
"I Love Morris" will continue being a haven for the Morris Area student-athletes. "Morris of course" will do much of the same.
I hope it's a fruitful endeavor, Jodi.