By Lea Swatosch
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Glen Crevier, 63, has been in the newspaper industry since 1976. His hard work and passion for sports journalism has helped him work his way up to assistant managing editor for sports at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis.
“You need to persevere. It’s a tough business, especially in sports,” said Crevier, who was born in Rhode Island and worked as a reporter, copy editor and columnist at various newspapers before landing at the Star Tribune.
His determination through the years has paid off. Crevier now manages about 30 reporters, columnists and editors at the paper.
His staff covers each sport from high-school all the way to professional leagues. Minnesota has a team in all four major professional leagues, so managing the sports section is a big job, he said.
The StarTribune sports section features local and national stories. This makes it harder to decide what four or five stories they’re going to put on the cover for the day. One of his reporters wrote a story on the Ryder Cup, which was held in Minnesota this year.
The paper also reports on historic Minnesota sports figures. The StarTribune published a compelling article when Flip Saunders, former University of Minnesota basketball player and Timberwolves coach, died in 2015 at the age of 60.
Crevier also manages budgets, including staff travel budgets.
Crevier graduated from Hiram College in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In college, he worked in the sports information office and also for the school newspaper. Crevier knew from the beginning that he wanted to be involved with newspapers.
After college, Crevier worked as a sports columnist at the Arizona Daily Star. Then he moved up to become the sports editor for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Washington. He was recruited to Minneapolis from Washington for his current position. Crevier has been at the StarTribune for 18 years.
Crevier comes into the office everyday at 9 a.m. He starts his day with a meeting to figure out what the newspaper should do online. His days didn’t always start like this.
He has watched the 24/7 news cycle emerge and he said that it has changed everything. Instead of focusing on just a daily newspaper, the staff now plans the website all day long.
“There are two parallel tracks during the day to have immediacy,” Crevier said.
Some people wonder if news stories published online are as accurate as printed stories. Crevier believes that the StarTribune edits online stories with the same standards as print stories.
Crevier said that editors know how important it is to be accurate in all of their stories. Every story is edited before it is posted.
The StarTribune uses AP Style for editing. Crevier thinks that it is very important to be consistent in print and online. AP Style is an important guide that allows the newspaper to stay consistent and accurate throughout its reporting, he said.
The use of social media has evolved with the 24/7 news cycle. Crevier said the StarTribune staff uses social media all of the time.
“The biggest thing is, we are trying to reach a broad audience,” Crevier said.
The StarTribune and most of its staff use many different social media platforms to engage with the public. Crevier uses Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.
Crevier said editors make hard news decisions often. Crevier said that he finds the hardest news judgment decisions involve high school sports stories. The ethical decisions get tough when deciding how to report on stories involving high school students engaging in questionable behavior.
Crevier has found himself in these situations when deciding whether or not to run stories, such as one in 2013 about some high school hockey players who were given game suspensions. Crevier and his staff had to take into account that the story might embarrass the students.
In his 40 years in the newspaper industry, Crevier has seen what it takes to succeed. There isn’t a position in sports journalism that can be easily obtained, he said. He was willing to move for the job and it was worth it in the end.
“Sometimes you have to go where the job takes you,” Crevier said.
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