Perdue Field crowd, e-Edition and more tech talk
by Justin McGill, General Manager -- jmcgill@cadizrecord.com
Aug 24, 2011 | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A new era of Trigg County High School football officially began Friday, and there was a good crowd of people there to see it. The Wildcats defeated Russellville 34-12 in the first game with Coby Lewis as head coach.

Just as noteworthy as Trigg’s solid play was a nearly-full audience on the home side of Perdue Field. The only time I saw any significant number of empty seats was the time between when the band was preparing to perform at halftime and until they returned in the third quarter.

And, as per usual, there was a full line of folks standing behind the top row watching the game. The only difference this time is that those folks would have had trouble finding a place to sit had they wanted to.

Lewis has made a concentrated effort to increase the level of community support for the football program, and judging by Friday night’s game, it seems to have worked. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come and not just a one-time increase coinciding with the first game of the season and Lewis’ first game as head coach.

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Feedback continues to be positive for our e-Edition. I continue to be impressed by the number of people who have utilized this new service during the August free trial period.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, I suggest you do so within the next week, as we’ll be initiating the subscription system beginning Sept. 1. See page A12 for a brief tutorial on the e-Edition and subscription information.

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While we’re on the subject of The Cadiz Record’s foray into new horizons, let’s talk about Facebook and Twitter.

A few weeks ago, we created a new Facebook page to serve as our main method of communication through social media. In the future, we’ll use the page to provide special information on the Record, as well as alerts to links to our web site for breaking news.

We also established a Twitter account. I’ve been a bit wary of Twitter in the past and still am. Right now, the only activity you’ll see from us will be a copy of any of our activity on Facebook.

An unfortunate current trend in the journalism world is the use of Twitter for breaking news from the accounts of well-known individuals. In general, Twitter serves as an outlet for people to speak their minds. Lately, particularly in the world of entertainment, certain media outlets have been reporting Tweets as breaking news. That’s lazy and requires no real knowledge of or experience in our industry.

However, Twitter has its uses when used properly.

It also exhibits a certain level of randomness. A good example of this comes from one of our current Twitter followers.

Imagine my surprise when I checked my email Monday to find a notification that we had a new Twitter follower in former Ultimate Fighting Championship star Frank Trigg. To my knowledge, Trigg has no connection to our area other than his last name.

A lazy journalist would use this as a chance to opine on the possibility that Frank Trigg might be looking to retire to Lake Barkley. See what I mean?

Justin McGill is general manager of The Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.
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