Alysa Auriemma tells the Associated Press she’s joined the Hartford Courant to help cover her father’s basketball team. According to the AP, she’ll post articles on her blog, which will be linked to the Courant’s web site.
My thoughts are with my colleagues who have lost their jobs at the Courant because of cutbacks. Why? Well, I’m sure this line from the AP article sent them to the medicine cabinet for Pepto Bismol: She said The Courant is paying her “a pretty good amount per article” but declined to say how much she’ll be paid. ($125 a pop, according to Courant sports editor Jeff Otterbein, who apparently senses a potential problem.)
I’ve been having an ongoing debate with myself over continuing my own subscription. As a journalist, I can’t fathom not getting the paper, and I do want to support the survivors on Broad St. But then there’s this from the AP article: The 23-year-old…said she’ll take readers behind the scenes, but will not write anything controversial about her father’s team.
So if Maya and Tina have a ‘throwdown’ at practice, you won’t hear it from Alysa.
Hey, I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Alysa sing at the Little Theater of Manchester. The girl has talent. She’s a creative person. And her father’s always been OK in my book.
But do I want to keep spending my money for this? I suppose I will.
One well-respected denizen of Broad St. posted this wish on Facebook the other day: “…hoping this week America’s oldest continuously published newspaper gets back to reporting the news rather than making it.”
Sorry, big guy. Maybe next week.