State of the Union for SGV Tribune preps sports coverage …

Aram Tolegian to the masses: Distinguished coaches, revered athletes, fellow fans and coveted readers, the state of the Tribune’s prep sports coverage is improving.

It is my privilege to present to you all the current state of affairs at the SGV Tribune as it relates to our prep sports coverage.

Let me start by saying that I read an article this week about how the truly successful blogs are those in which the author gives first person accounts of the happenings in his or her life. Blogs are the new phenomenon, we all know that. So, people’s theories on what makes them go, and keep going, vary. In the case of this blog, I don’t think you guys want to read a daily or weekly account of the goings on in my life (ok, some of you maybe). I believe that what’s made this blog so wildly successful has very little to do with me and everything to do with the substance of the content, namely prep sports. And expanding even further on that, this blog is good because it’s got a major sense of community. We’re all in this Valley together, or we were at one time, so to speak.
From time to time I have no problem with some first-person accounts of life on the beat, but overall I want this to be a place where everyone can express themselves and share their thoughts about the happenings in our local sports world. This blog won’t change it’s philosophy and will continue to adhere to its “This blog is my blog, this blog is your blog …” pretense.

Yet it is not enough to simply blog when a blank check in the form of a website is at our disposal. It is not enough to simply blog when the actual raw copy of the newspaper is still the liver that filters the life of our existence. These things can and will get better.

There’s been a change in philosophy at SGVN with the arrival of new Executive Editor Steve O’Sullivan. And, with him has come a sea change in the way we present our overall product (key word being: overall). In a nutshell, there’s going to be some major improvements to our website.

I believe that one of the driving forces of this company-wide epiphany is the success of this blog. It was a much needed slap in the face for those who needed to be reminded that prep/local sports are a main part of what fuels this particular media outlet. If the path to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then the path to a successful local newspaper is through top notch prep sports coverage. Lights out, end of story (no pun intended).

You’ve served notice with your interest and participation.

So what does all of this mean? It means that you should begin visiting religiously in the coming weeks and continue to do so until your computer catches fire. There will be new features to the site that I don’t want to delve too far into other than to say get your eyes and ears ready. There will be also frequent updates involving news items. And when the day is done, hopefully you’ll return here to share your opinion and be mesmerized by mine and others.

Very few things change overnight, but I believe you’ll be impressed by the steps that are being taken.

Thank you,

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