AJC breaks silence on Atlanta Dream

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Updated | 5:25 p.m. With the start of the Atlanta Dream’s season getting closer every day, the lack of coverage in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been frustrating. I’ve been writing about the Dream since last spring when my sports column debuted in Southern Voice and since this blog launched in December.

But the AJC, the city’s only daily newspaper, has offered sporadic coverage. That’s been particularly galling to season ticket holders and fans posting on the Dream’s message boards as the team worked through training camp and hit the court for the first time on Saturday. In contrast, when the Hawks, Braves and Falcons open their preseason, the AJC’s all over it.

It looks like that might be changing. When I blogged about the Dream on April 30, I made note of the lack of coverage and absence of a team-specific section on the AJC’s web site. That despite the fact that every other pro team in the city gets their own page in the site’s sports section and a navigation bar on the AJC site’s main landing page.

But as I checked out the sports page earlier today to read about Billy Knight’s resignation from the Hawks, I noticed a change. The paper’s web techs have added a section on the sports page — Dream/WNBA. Included among the three articles is a lengthy piece from reporter Karen Rosen about Saturday’s game.

The section doesn’t open to a separate page for the Dream, an option for most of the other pro teams the paper covers. But hey, it’s still progress. This city is hungry for women’s pro ball and it’s nice to see the AJC catching up.

Update | The AJC has gone a step further, unveiling this afternoon a Dream page on the paper’s web site. Content on the page is sparse at this point, but includes recent stories and a photo gallery, putting it on an even par with how the paper treats other pro teams on its web site. The page can also be accessed from the site’s main sports page.

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