The Miami Herald is an institution. It has won 20 Pulitzers and continues to employ some of the best journalists in the state.
But ever since the Herald moved from downtown to Doral, there have been some noticeable problems. Last week, for instance, the paper printed the same exact page on successive days.
Yesterday, the Herald put an article on the cover of the Local & State section that already ran two days earlier.
On Monday morning, an article bearing the headline "Arrested? Watch what you say in police car" ran on the front page of the metro section.
But the same article -- featuring the same first 11 paragraphs, at least -- already ran on Sunday. To make matters worse, the article was actually written by Sun Sentinel reporter Brittany Shammas and reprinted in the Herald.
This comes less than a week after the newspaper randomly reprinted an entire page of the sports section two days in a row.
Managing editor Rick Hirsch said the two problems were unrelated.
The story about video cameras capturing inadvertent confessions "ran in error this morning," he said in an email to Riptide. "An editor made a mistake."
The sports page snafu was a different problem, Hirsch explained.
"Due to a production error in the Broward edition of the Tuesday, Aug. 27 and a small part of the Miami-Dade press run that day, some sports stories and box scores did not appear," he said. "As a result, we reprinted several pages (by adding additional pages) in the Aug. 28 paper. We ran an editor's note on the front of Sports that said: Some stories and box scores did not appear in all editions of Tuesday's sports section. They are reprinted today on pages 3D, 4D, 5D and 8D."
According to one source, at least, a more serious problem at the Herald is impending cutbacks in covering high school and college sports this fall.
But Hirsch said that is not the case.
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"There is no cutback of our coverage of college athletics," he said. "And we are increasing our coverage of high schools across the board. There is no cutback in space (for print) and there will be additional coverage on digital platforms, from prep stats to videos."
I honestly hope that's the case. We here at New Times may wrestle Herald reporters for scoops -- not literally, of course, because Marc Caputo would always win -- but as journalists we also hate to hear rumors about newsroom cutbacks anywhere in the industry.