David Teel enters the Transfer Portal Update: looks like Daily Press and Virginia Pilot are downsizing their sports reporters.

This man has seen and done anything you can imagine related to sports in VA for decades. His voice and presence will be missed.

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Well, don't try to come back. /S

Sad day for VA sports journalism, but a well-earned retirement. Enjoy.

Edit: Not a retirement. So, best of luck in your next endeavor.

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Haven't always agreed with his commentary...but he's a good egg. His articles will be missed.

JP

So this looks like a fairly large purge of the sports room.

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Not just the Sports room. Looks like a buy-out of editors, writers, and photographers as part of company-wide staff reductions

https://www.dailypress.com/business/jobs/vp-bz-tribune-buyouts-pilot-pre...

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Awesome so less local news for Hampton Roads and this less coverage of the Hokies sports down there too.

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No real surprise here. Local newspapers are dying out and being scooped up by mega-conglomerates/investment firms that can still turn enough of a profit by buying up all of the local subscribers while downsizing all of the local operations..

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Yep. Sinclair owns most local TV stations. NBC anchors switch to Fox graphics each hour in the morning and night. On top of the word for word announcements:

https://youtu.be/GvtNyOzGogc

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Thank god network television, print media, and satellite radio are dying business models.

That's not a good thing. Local stations and local papers are the only ones covering your city council meeting, your school board meeting or FOIA long term investigations into our local officials.

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I think there's still a demand for local news and reporting in some fashion. Though agreed print media, and to a lesser extent, even cable news, is becoming something of a dinosaur.

Does the Athletic have an UVa reporter? Maybe Teel can join Bitter at the Athletic and focus on VA sports other than VT (and UVA if that is already covered)?

"Sooner or later, if man is ever to be worthy of his destiny, we must fill our heart with tolerance."
-Stan Lee

"Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing."
-Ron Swanson

"11-0, bro"
-Hunter Carpenter (probably)

Looks like Eamonn Brennan covers UVA bball, and no page for football

I can't imagine a dedicated reporter for UVA football would be a good investment.

Not that I've always agreed with him, but he's always been a solid journalist. His articles always trended more towards actual substance than nonsense.

Once, when Beamer was under fire, he tweeted something that was factually incorrect. I called him out on it. And then he admitted he was wrong and corrected his statement on Twitter. Not everybody does that, and he earned my respect over it.

This is sad to see and i hope to see his byline again soon.
Local papers subscription models are missing that selling sports only product to out of towners for say $2/3 a month would pick up a fair number subs.

The numbers always work out.

I'll echo what VTKey said above, that he's always been a solid reporter and I regularly look for his thoughts.

One of the goals of the key players club was to hire a full time writer, no?

A guy like Teel could do well for himself contracting his services to different content providers.

I am I'll about this, and while I understand the dire financial situation papers are in, I don't think there is enough talk about how the lower quality of the writing and editing has negatively impacted readership. My hometown's Bristol Herald Courier has terrific writers when I was growing up. Now, outside of two veterans on the sports writing staff, it is not even on par with a high school paper, especially from an editing standpoint.

Reducing quality is a disincentive for getting back customers. As a consumer of content, I pay for insight. Drivel I can get anywhere for free.

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Its a chicken and egg problem. People stopped paying years ago and read for free. Ad revenue didn't work in internet age , so papers lost $$ - so they got rid of their best and brightest because they cost the most. Which makes the product suffer and repels paid readership. SI did the same - got rid of a ton of good journalists, hired a couple of names, and a ton of stringers that don't know what they are doing. This causes them to have to refute their own reporting.
I'm scared though - the current mediums don't have a place for long form journalism. TV is doesn't put together a in depth piece that informs - they put together a 2 min package tops. Papers were the place that allowed extensive investigations. I'm not seeing a place for that now, especially real time investigations (think WaPo investigation of Nixon - it was hundreds of articles - not something they put together over months and then released). I could see podcasts - but there are so many not sure they move the needle on any particular issue.