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Back in the day we had Bill Burton, Lefty Kreh and hunting and fishing reports on a regular basis. Now we have a part time outdoors reporter who's spending time in the debating section of the sports pages talking about Cal Ripken:wacko:. What gives:confused:?

Can there be anything easier for the paper to cover than the Chesapeake Bay and all it's bounty?:thumbup: Everyone complains about bad news always making headlines but it would sure be nice if we could show the folks that print the only paper in baltimore we'd like some regular outdoor articles added to the mix.

Nothing beats having forums like this to read for all our special interests but if politics, food and fashion get regular coverage why can't fishermen and hunters get a little more ink?
 

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Have you seen the Sun Paper lately? Give it another year or two and it will probably be down to a single page. Plus this is Maryland, hunting fishing get a more ink? :hysterical::roflguy::hysterical:

I am involved with Ducks Unlimited and we put on a Greenwing (youth event) every year to try to get kids involved in outdoor activities and have been trying to get Candus to come out and maybe give us some pub to help build the event. It's always "next year". I believe the event is in it's 10th year and never seen her.
 

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Let me respond

Here's just a partial list of fishing/hunting stories last year. I could give you many more examples, if you'd like...
Giant rockfish helps Queenstown man earn stripes, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, December 7, 2008.
Deer season starts with a bang for local hunters,The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, November 30,2008
Waterways face threat; invasive mussel found, The Baltimore Sun, Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thinking inside the box to help ducks, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, November 23, 2008
Gliding and learning in the state's $4.3 million floating bay laboratory,The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, November 16, 2008
Md. officials should throw lifeline to depleted stock of brook trout, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, November 9, 2008
At sanctuary, migrating hawks are a flight to see, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, November 2, 2008
Candidates' wooing hunters mostly a miss, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, October 26, 2008
In a matter of minutes, 2-hunter team bags a bear, The Baltimore Sun, Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Baby oysters settling in as newest bay residents, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, October 19, 2008
Plan could reopen tributaries for yellow perch fishing, The Baltimore Sun, Friday, October 3, 2008
Contest nets Edgewater man nice pickup, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, September 14, 2008
At Prettyboy, a birthday ritual that has couple hooked, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, September 7, 2008
Two keeper books celebrate the exploits of beloved fishing guru Lefty Kreh, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, August 24, 2008,
Other fish in the sea - many others, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, August 3, 2008
Pressure to get perch rules just right for anglers, environment, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, July 27, 2008
Loch Raven overflowing ... with fishing possibilies, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, July 20, 2008
Fish hook some young anglers on hot, sunny day, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, July 13, 2008
One of those bass a real gem, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, July 6, 2008
One fish, two fish could get easier, The Baltimore Sun, Sunday, June 15, 2008
 

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It's not Candus' fault on alot of things.She has a boss who tells her what to write and where/what to cover.

Write to the editor of the Sunpaper and explain how you would like to see more fishing/oudoor related stories.

I would love to see the Outdoors column everyday - not just Sunday or special stories.
 

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And Mr. DrewZim

I haven't gotten a press release from your organization in many years.
I type up every listing I receive and save a hard copy of each one in a file drawer. What gets in the paper is up to the sports editors. All listings are posted on line.
I received releases from a Jane Zimmer for the youth event for several years, but have gotten nothing from the organization in the last four years.
So please don't tell me I tell you every year, "next year."
 

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The Sun's changes regarding outdoor recreation reporting follow what I feel has been a growing trend: Many young people today just aren't as interested in hunting and fishing as we were "back in the day". To me it's sort of like horse racing was back in the 50's, it's just not that popular anymore amongst the younger crowd.

The Sun wants to sell advertising so the stories they carry need to appeal to the demographics of those who buy the stuff that their advertisers sell. Although we old-time hunting and fishing curmudgeons still buy stuff, we don't buy like those 20 and 30 somethings do. And the stuff we buy is wierd anyway. I don't know about the rest of you but I don't own a single Brittany Spears recording, the idea of spending a day playing Wii games in front of the TV just doesn't appeal to me at all. The only reason I have an Ipod is that it was handed down to me from my 13 year old who upgraded to whatever the one is that plays videos.

There's probably a million reasons why young people aren't as keen on hunting and fishing as we were. Nowadays you can't go outside without getting skin cancer, you can't shoot or eat animals because it's cruel, there are also alot less fish and crabs now in the Bay than ever before, and the water's polluted, it's cold, you have to get up early, it's boring, etc. The most poplular form of camping now is where they set up tents on the sidewalks to be first in line to see a new "Star Wars" movie or when they want to be first to pay a couple three hundred bucks for the latest computer game down at Best Buy.

Anway, that's my rant and I'm sitcking to it.
 

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I will agree that it's been a few (not four) since we have contacted you. Mr. Graf was pretty persistent. You only get ignored so long before you get the idea. Also I am not talking about press releases. I am talking about an invite for you to come out and cover the event in person.
 

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I haven't gotten a press release from your organization in many years.
I type up every listing I receive and save a hard copy of each one in a file drawer. What gets in the paper is up to the sports editors. All listings are posted on line.
I received releases from a Jane Zimmer for the youth event for several years, but have gotten nothing from the organization in the last four years.
So please don't tell me I tell you every year, "next year."
Doh! :eek:
 

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We recived the Sunday Sun and Post. Aftert he holiday we cancelled the Post, wife said they just about begged us to continue at half price, newspapers are in serious decline. Not a good time to be a journalism major.
 

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Dashaway, you're right. You too, Skip.
It's a crummy time to be in newspapers.
And if you don't write Ravens/Redskins stories, editors don't want to hear from you much less give you space.
It's not just at the Sun. I hear The Examiner has cut Boyd to twice a month. The Post has Angus write on a per-column basis. Bill is very sick and I know a lot of you pray for him every day.
If you have a full-time gig at a paper, you can't just write outdoors anymore. That's why I have to earn my keep by pitching in on other stuff.
If Bill, Boyd and Angus were still full-time, they'd be forced to write other stuff, too, I'm afraid, or find a pink slip in with their pay. It's sad.
When I started in this beat in 2000, I had two columns and a fishing report. Editors keep slicing away because they don't hear any complaints from the public, so they figure no one cares.
I'm not whining, I chose this job. Like many other professions, it's changing.
Still, many folks in the outdoors community make it worthwhile: Wish-A-Fish, Project Healing Waters, Mark Hoke and his youth hunts and all the folks, like Capt. Kevin on Megabyte, who teach a new generation to respect and enjoy the outdoors.
 

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There is a big decline in news papers due to the internet. Fads and trends change. It's up to us to introduce the young ones into hunting and fishing. Every one is so busy and it is easier to buy a kid a wii or play station than take them fishing or hunting. Media covers the most popular topics that appeal to the masses. We can make fishing and hunting have that appeal and we will get the coverage again............Gary
 

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Worked for the Sunpapers for 38 years before I retired as a Printer. Seen so many changes, so many editiors come and go. When I started out with Lefty Kreh and Bill Burton you looked forward to Friday to see the sports section on Fishing and Hunting. With so many buyouts, no one is there any more. Its not her fault, there is just no one there. Just a little example of what happen at the Sun. I started wtih 535 printers, retired with 28 people left. What does that tell you. The paper business is really on a decline so I can't see it getting any better. You were right when you said journalism is not the thing to take up in college now.
 

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I thought the sunpaper was just something they use to wrap up sale ads??? You mean some people read that stuff? I do not know anybody who has time to read the paper. News is obtained from the internet, TV and/or radio. Newspapers are a dieing dinosaur.
 

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When I started out with Lefty Kreh and Bill Burton you looked forward to Friday to see the sports section on Fishing and Hunting.
Who was the outsdoors guy that died about ten years ago, he would have fishing reports every friday, tips on how to fish certain areas. I couldn't wait to get the paper on fridays
 

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Ok Guys ........ time to start *****in to the editors ......... I would definitely like to see Candy's column 3 times a week ........... used to get 2 papers the Sun with Bill Burton and the Post with Tom Colfield .......... looked forward to the fishing forecast on Thursdays and the full page of outdoors on Sundays ...........

Used to look forward to the stories of the hunts and the fishing trips .......
 

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Ok – Good Point – Beyond the sales and coupons it is essential to have around the house for crabs and starting fires – Then again…. When it is finally gone I can just buy a big role of brown paper, fat wood and get sales info on line – You can preview the sales before the paper is even printed - I know my kids will not miss the extra chore of hauling it all down for recycle day – good riddance….
 
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