I know, I know, we cover sports for a living, and our jobs are all fun all the time. That’s the overwhelming thought even in most newsrooms, where the sports departments are looked at like the toy department. Of course, anyone who has to do the job for a month, a week or even a day will tell you it’s a lot of long hours, but I digress.
Earlier this summer, I had an idea: There are about four or five days each year in which there are no sports going on. And some of them are coming up around next week’s Major League Baseball All-Star break. My idea was for a staff trip to — where else? — Kennywood.
So that’s where the staff will be this coming Thursday, taking in some rides, eating some Potato Patch fries and generally enjoying ourselves. And we’d love it if you’d join us, even if it’s just to stop and say hello: We’ll have a meetup outside Sportworld in front of Ghostwood Estates at 4 p.m. on that day, perhaps having a cool drink while we all figure out what to ride next.
THANKS, MOON GOLF CLUB!
On that note, we’d like to thank our friends at Moon Golf Club for the meetup event we had there recently. We had a great time at the club. The course was perfectly groomed and, even though it was extremely hot, general manager Josh DeNinno and the staff did a great job keeping everyone hydrated. Afterward, we had an outstanding time at the clubhouse. You really need to stop by and sample the wings. — Lolley
• We’re working with our friends at Aspinwall-based Build In Motion on a new feature for our app that’ll be unlike anything we’ve offered in that it’ll keep you more closely connected with our reporters than ever before. It’ll be a live feed. Instant stuff pumped right into your device from wherever we are. And yes, before anyone asks, you’ll be able to choose your favorite team feed without having to sift through stuff that might not interest you. The goal is to have this ready for the start of the Steelers’ training camp, so very soon! — Dejan Kovacevic
• No, of course, nothing would change with our popular live files from games. It’s not smart to mess with what works. What’s described above is another way to make things easier for our readers to keep up on all the latest news right away, while also maybe sharing other experiences. — Dejan
• We’re also in the middle of a month-long project to overhaul our login/alerts process. It’s a five-figure cost, but it’s aimed at addressing our most common complaints, so it’s worth it. Overhauling the alerts, we’re told, will also eliminate the top causes of crashes on the Android app, which would be awesome. Android’s been a headache for us since Day 1. — Dejan
Anyone filling or refilling a prescription at Curtis Pharmacy, either the Washington or Claysville store, gets a free annual subscription to our site. Whether you are a new or existing subscriber, the offer applies. If you’re already a subscriber, Erich Cushey and our friends at Curtis Pharmacy will pick up the tab to add a year to your current term. Just let Curtis Pharmacy know when you pick up your prescription, then email me. I’ll take care of the rest. — Dali Kovacevic
ADVERTISE WITH US!
We’re proud of our partnerships with Curtis Pharmacy, as well as PNC Bank, Allegheny Health Network, Point Park University, Schneider Downs, Hertz, GetGo, Henne Jewelers, Moon Golf Club, Miller Lite, Bassi Vreeland & Associates and Express Employment Professionals. If you or your business might be interested in becoming part of that family, here’s my updated June Media Kit with all our vital information. Email me with any questions. — Dali Kovacevic
THE MILITARY APPRECIATES IT
Our Veterans Gift Subscriptions pool is at minus-1 after a Friday in which three were claimed by vets — two from the Army with 25-plus years of service, one from the Air Force with 20 years! — and one bought. If you’d like to contribute, that can happen right here. Overall, we’ve connected 106 military veterans with free subscriptions since restructuring the program in May. Anyone who’s served in our Armed Forces can seek a free one-year subscription by filling out this form. — Dejan
BACK TO BUSINESS
• Subscriptions are at 38,037. That’s minus-34 over the past week.
• We had 385,356 page views over the past week. Our most-hit article was Lance Lysowski’s coverage of Neal Huntington’s remarks about the Pirates and trades. Our most visited team pages were, in order: Penguins (43.1 percent), Pirates (25.2), Steelers (16.7), Pitt (4.5), Penn State (2.4), Riverhounds (1.2), West Virginia (0.58), Duquesne (0.49), Robert Morris (0.38).
• We’re at 29,165 (+31) page likes on Facebook, we’re at 28,414 (-154) followers on Twitter (thanks to the great Twitter purge of 2018, as most of you have probably heard about), we’re at 8,805 (-3) followers on Instagram, and we’re at 670 (unchanged) subscribers on YouTube. These figures are just for our official company account on each platform, not for us as individuals.
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