Effingham Daily News
The Effingham Daily News has named Ryan Czachorski as its sports editor.
Czachorski (cha-HOR-skee), a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., recently worked as sports editor at the Hillsdale Daily News in southern Michigan. He comes to the Effingham Daily News with more than two years of solid sports editing and management experience.
“I came to Effingham because the people here seem to really know and care about their sports,” said Czachorski. “That makes the job easier and more rewarding, individually.”
The Daily News selected Czachorski because his passion for sports is what the paper needs to regain the sports coverage excellence its readers are used to, said Daily News managing editor Matt Saxton.
“We’re very excited Ryan has joined us at the Daily News,” said Saxton. “Ryan will help us rebuild the sports department to what the people of central Illinois are accustomed to, and he’ll help us move the Daily News into 21st century journalism.”
Czachorski earned his bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University, where he also was a senior news reporter for Central-Michigan Life. While in college, Czachorski completed internships at the Flint Journal, the Grand Haven Tribune and the Grand Rapids Press.
An athlete himself, Czachorski played high school varsity baseball and has a great passion for all sports. Among his favorite professional teams are the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Red Wings.
Czachorski will be hiring a sports writer soon and hopes to have one on board within the next couple of weeks.
With Czachorski’s arrival, the Daily News hopes to make its sports operations more digital. Saxton and Czachorski request that sports news, stats and scores be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Saxton also said sports scores reported through email before 9 p.m. will take priority for the next day’s paper.
“We don’t have the staff that we once had, and with the shift from afternoon to morning a few years ago, our deadlines are tighter for everyone,” said Saxton. “Our deadline is 11:15 p.m. to get the paper to press. We’ll print any sports scores we get from junior high through varsity teams in our seven-county coverage area. But we can’t be at all of the games, and we can’t retype all of the faxed scores and get them in the same paper that night. So, if you’re a coach and sending them by fax, consider sending them in an editable-type email instead, and as early as possible, for the next day’s paper.
“Also, don’t assume we know what’s going on or that we’ve received your information,” said Saxton. “We’ve had a lot of changes at this newspaper in the past 12 months, and, unfortunately, much of our history was lost in the process. If you don’t see your scores, call or email us, and we’ll make sure to update our information.”
In addition to the email@example.com email, which goes to several people in the newsroom, readers can reach Czachorski directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 217-347-7151, ext. 135. Saxton also said he welcomes questions about sports coverage and the future of Daily News sports, and asks that readers contact him at email@example.com or by phone at 217-347-7151, ext. 129. Saxton also can be reached on his cell phone at 217-690-7363.