Rather famously in newsroom lore, there was a time when the Tribune put more reporters onto a Bulls playoff game than the team had players on the roster. The challenge back then was that expense accounts would run up while stories overlapped. There are only so many storylines off any NBA game, Michael Jordan present or otherwise.
Even without Derrick Rose on the court, the Tribune still has enough journalists at Thursday night’s Game 6 between Chicago and Brooklyn for our own starting five and a Toni Kukoc-style sixth-man. Writers K.C. Johnson (lead beat reporter), David Haugh (lead columnist) and Vaughn McClure and Teddy Greenstein (both on sidebar duty) -- along with photographers Chris Sweda and Scott Strazzante – will report the action from Game 6 at the United Center online and in print.
They head to work with a simple game plan:
K.C. will write the lead game story. David will write our lead column. Teddy will handle our online game story, updating throughout, and concentrate on the Bulls roster for a sidebar. Vaughn will keep an eye on the Nets for his sidebar. Everyone will contribute to our notebook of other items that need to be accounted for. Our photographers know their roles too. One will be on the baseline, down low, near the action. The other will be higher up, shooting from another perspective. Here's where all that lives online.
We’ll produce two print editions Thursday night and update online throughout the afternoon, evening and into the early morning. Then we’ll write through our stories with fresh news and information, including quotes from the locker rooms. We’ll post video of players and coaches talking along with our own analysis on video. And we’ll produce a photo gallery of Sweda and Strazzante’s best shots.
It’s a lot of work, no doubt. But it’s good work that produces the results we know all of our readers expect to find from us, online and in print.
-- Mike Kellams, Associate Managing Editor/SportsCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun