AAPS partners with MLive to offer real-time prep sports via RSS feed

From AAPSNews Service

The Ann Arbor Public Schools and the AAPSNews is partnering with MLive.com to bring our readers live high school sports coverage, available through an RSS feed on our newsletter site,  http://news.a2schools.org.

MLive logoThe feed includes stories, rankings, schedules and other posts involving sports teams at Pioneer, Huron and Skyline high schools. Contributions will come from community reports with some coverage from AnnArbor.com. Also linked at the newsletter site are sites specific to each high school’s sports coverage.

“We are looking forward to this partnership with MLive.com, which allows us to bring up-to-date high school sports coverage to our school community,” said AAPS Director of Communications Liz Margolis. “We are also excited about how our school sports community can be part of the process.”

Coaches, parents and students can participate by becoming contributors of information about their sports teams and schools.  A link to that can also be found on the site.

MLive.com has launched a High School Sports Network that is recruiting volunteers to report on schools and teams, according to Senior Producer Dave McVety, who coordinates the network. Nearly 2,000 reporters around the state have signed up so far, helping make the website a popular source for high school sports in Michigan.

“We welcome this community involvement and want to do all we can to help people get started,” said McVety. “It is a great way to get the word out about the city’s athletes and teams. Our website has the biggest audience for high school sports in the state.’’

Based in Ann Arbor, MLive.com is an online division of Advance Publications, which partners with newspapers across the state as their online presence. Their partners include AnnArbor.com, the Jackson Citizen Patriot, Kalamazoo Gazette, Grand Rapids Press, Muskegon Chronicle, Flint Journal, Saginaw News and Bay City Times. Mlive.com also covers other areas of southeast Michigan.

The MLive.com High School Sports Network allows reporting of schedules, scores, game stories, news, photos, video player information and more for individual Ann Arbor teams.

Margolis said she hopes that community members with an interest in Ann Arbor sports teams will consider contributing and noted that the partnership also offers a fresh opportunity for student journalists to become involved.

Click here to fill out an application or direct questions to Dave McVety via e-mail.

Casey Hans, district editor for the AAPSNews, said the new feed will enrich the 18-month-old newsletter site, which offers features about people and programs, news stories and videos from around the district.  “This gives our readers even more information about their schools at one location,” she said.

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