The photograph that was tweeted showed the Daily Mail education writer, the Gazette education writer, an Associated Press reporter and a West Virginia Public Broadcasting writer still hanging in there, interviewing the new superintendent.
The Daily Mail's beat writer, Dave Boucher, had dug into his duffel bag to come up with a banana for his dinner.
I'm relaying that story not to complain about the challenges of our work but to remind readers about the commitment our reporters make. I'm proud of our staff and our coverage.
This week we sent our West Virginia University beat writer to the Mountaineers' game at Iowa State. Because of the distance, he was staying in the area until the Mountaineers' game at Purdue.
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Similarly, our Marshall beat writer travels to Conference USA destinations like El Paso, Tulsa, Memphis and Orlando.
We think this is an investment of effort, time and travel that our readers expect and deserve. It produces both game coverage and a relationship with the team that's reflected in deeper reporting.
When the West Virginia legislative session begins next month, we'll be staffing two political reporters at the Capitol every day.
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Brad McElhinny is managing editor of the Daily Mail. Contact him at 304-348-1703 or bra...@dailymail.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradMcElhinny.