There are no sports right now, which makes it difficult for sports writers to do their job.
As such, the Philadelphia Inquirer is temporarily reassigning some of their folks to different areas during the COVID-19 pandemic, including Mike Sielski and Phil Anastasia:
So I'm moving into a different role here at @PhillyInquirer, away from sports and into a GA/feature writing role for our section https://t.co/mC8Eq8F1VY. If you have a story idea I should pursue, please reach out to me here or at email@example.com. Thanks.
— Mike Sielski (@MikeSielski) March 20, 2020
Hey Twitter folks. I'm switching to a new role at the Inquirer, away from full-time sports and into feature writing for The UpSide section. Looking for Good News/Human Interest story ideas. If you have a possible topic, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks!
— Philip Anastasia (@PhilAnastasia) March 20, 2020
The Inquirer’s “UpSide” section is branded as “Good News, Good Stories,” which sounds like something we could go for right now. We could use some positive stuff to help everybody’s mental health while we’re being bombarded with Coronavirus updates while stuck in our houses.
A sampling of stories on the UpSide page includes the following:
Makes sense to shuffle some things around during a time like this. As far as I can tell, the Eagles writers have been keeping busy with NFL free agency, while there are still enough lingering Flyers/Sixers/Phillies topics to get through the first week of this barren sports hellscape. As this thing drags on, we’re gonna be scraping the bottom of the barrel for top ten lists of whatever “Mount Rushmore” we can come up with.
Perhaps this is a good opportunity to show the general public that we can write more than the typical “player X scored 15 points last night and had 10 rebounds.”