Media Moves

Rochester Biz Journal adds sports columnist

September 5, 2013

Posted by Chris Roush

Paul Ericson, the editor of the Rochester Business Journal, writes about the hiring of Scott Pitoniak to write a regular sports column for the New York paper.

Ericson writes, “I didn’t meet Scott until this year’s Rochester Press-Radio Club dinner, where Rick was honored posthumously with the George Beahon Award. A short time later, during planning for our PGA Championship supplement, I reached out to see if Scott would like to contribute to it. He readily agreed, writing three great pieces. After that, the idea of a weekly column naturally followed.

“During a conversation with Scott about the column, I’d recalled that Rick initially had written only for our then-fledgling website. When we added him to the paper a short time later, I felt it necessary to explain to readers why a sports column belonged in a business newspaper. It now seems almost laughable, but back then, most business publications stuck strictly to business.

“I could use the same rationale now with Scott that I used then with Rick: Many businesspeople have an avid interest in sports, and sports itself is a business. Both points are just as true today. But as with Rick, the chief reason we’re adding Scott as a weekly columnist is this: He’s a great writer, and we want our readers to have the chance to enjoy his work.”

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