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Confessions of a Browns beat writer

By Nate Ulrich Published: September 6, 2010

About once a month, I'll use this blog to get some some things off my chest. Here's the first edition of my confessions:

  • Some insight into the newspaper business: In an effort to interact with Browns fans and other readers on this blog, I often read what you have to say via comments and my e-mail. I've been on the Browns beat for a few months now, and during that span I've noticed something: Some readers think I write headlines. This is not true. Let me repeat, I don't write headlines. I don't write them for stories in the newspaper or on (entries in this blog are the only exception). Here's how it works: 1. A reporter writes a story. 2. Then he or she sends the story to an editor. 3. The editor reads the story and passes it along to a copy desk, a collection of copy editors. 4. A copy editor reads the story and writes all the headlines for it, both for the newspaper and the web. 5. Then a copy desk chief, the  head honcho of the copy editors, reads the story, its headlines and has the final say on everything you'll read in the morning.

  • Browns fans need to step up on this blog: Last week after the Browns completed their preseason finale, I asked readers to send me their predictions for the Browns' 2010 season. So far, almost no response, which begs the following question: Where are you at Browns fans? Come on. You can do better than that. Click here to send me a record and a sentence explaining your prediction. I'll post all your predictions in a blog entry before Sunday's regular-season opener.

  • I like to eat food:  I have a few passions in life: sports, movies, some TV and food. And when it comes to food, press-box food is a big deal to most sports writers for one main reason: It's usually free. With newspapers across the country cutting back on expenses, free food is vital. The best press-box meal I had during the preseason was at Lambeau Field. The Green Bay Packers' supply of brats, a salad bar, meatloaf and mashed potatoes with various desserts took the cake in my book.


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