Fairly regularly, I have hypothetical conversations inside my mind with readers.
Sometimes these conversations are very supportive, with phrases from Mr. Reader that sound something like “awesome sports section last week, Mr. Stucki,” and “loved that photo of my grandson from the football game, Tavin,” with me giving some quip in reply like “just doing my civic duty, sir.”
Other times, my synapses conjure a grumpier reader. “Mr. Stuckerton, I noticed you spelled my nephew’s name incorrectly. It’s supposed to be A-S-H-Y-L-I-G-H, not A-S-H-L-E-Y,” or something like “Why isn’t there more junior high pickleball in the sports pages?”
Lately, I’ve been worried about one problem in particular.
“Now the sports pages are where the Hometown pages go? I don’t know how to read this newspaper anymore,” my imaginary reader asks me. “Why are you changing so many things lately?”
“You’re right, sir and/or madam,” I apologetically reply. “We’re trying to make the entire paper more appealing.”
You see, when I first came to the Transcript Bulletin, I thought it was a little weird we didn’t have a section headed by the sports pages. It wasn’t even me who suggested the change, but we’ve decided to make the B section the sports section. We’ll still have the community news content in its normal place within, so the only big change is swapping the hometown pages into the end of the A section.
Our execution of this plan, I admit, has been a little haphazard.
It seemed like one day our content was in the normal place, then another it jumped to B4 because we had a wrap, then it was back to normal, then it was on B1, then it went back inside the B section, then back to A10, then B4 again because of another wrap, then… you get the idea.
Now that we’ve had two editions in a row with sports on B1, hopefully that means we’ve found a permanent home for Tooele County’s pride and joy.
Tavin Stucki is a sports writer from Midvale, Utah, who would love to laugh at unusual names, but can’t seem to justify the ridicule. Send all the nasty complaint letters to email@example.com.