The Mundane Becomes Cool

One of the things I love about newspapers moving into new storytelling modes is the ability to make a seemingly mundane thing more interesting. Had I ever told my staff to go to a football game and cover the chain gang – the volunteers who move the first down markers around – they would have had a fit.

But the Portland (Maine) Press Herald has a series looking at high school football called “Beyond the Scoreboard.” Check out the chain gang story, has some severe audio problems but the concept is really nice.

Mark E. Johnson

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