My phone bill is going to be a lot cheaper from now on.
I've only been working here at The Anne Arundel County Sun for a little over a month, but I've already noticed a refreshing difference with regards to the availability of coaches and important information: They're there, for the most part, when I need them.
As a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Harford County, several times I needed information for a story. First a call to the school for the team's coach likely would be met with bureaucratic delays. After that, the coach might get the message and call me back, perhaps the next day. Often, the call was returned too late for the information to be used.
Between my having to cover afternoon games in other sports and the coach's conducting practice, things got pretty hectic.
Which brings me to my telephone bill. To avoid the confusion, I'd often just call the coach at home -- long distance from where I lived, but I had to do my job.
Here, occasionally, I've had to call coaches at home, but more often they get back to me before the end of the working day or before they go off to practice. The coaches I have called at home either have the information available or make a commitment to call me with it sometime the next day.
And the majority of the coaches' homes are not a long-distance call away. And that should help keep my phone bill down, which the company will appreciate -- it pays for my work-related phone calls anyway.