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Welcome to Hokies Journal

Welcome to the Hokies Journal. This is The Washington Post’s blog for all things Virginia Tech.

The Post has reshaped its coverage of college sports this year. In the past, one reporter covered both Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia. That meant long hours and late nights shuttling back and forth across the commonwealth for the news on both campuses. But now there will be a reporter dedicated to covering each school.

With resources allocated to comprehensively covering both universities, you can expect more out of The Post when you are looking for information on the Hokies. You will continue to find news articles, features and game coverage, in newsprint and on our Web site, but the addition of this blog and a Twitter page (@HokiesJournal) will change the scope of The Post’s Virginia Tech coverage.

This blog will serve many purposes, but perhaps the best way to view it as a hub for information and discussion. When news breaks, there will be stories immediately updated in this space. When tidbits emerge after practices, everything will be compiled here. When readers ask about the Hokies, a question-and-answer mailbag will be posted to advance the dialogue. There will also be regular news roundups about each week’s opponent. And if you want more, you can follow The Post’s coverage of the Hokies on Twitter for shorter bursts of information throughout the day.

I am merely here to help to facilitate the conversation. And because I am hoping this will become a community, allow me to provide a little background about myself.

I grew up in New Jersey, which should make me a fan of the Giants or Yankees. But college football has always been my passion. I have previously covered Coach Joe Paterno and the Penn State football team, in addition to other college sports, as a freelance reporter for the New York Times and various other publications. I joined The Post in June and have been readying myself for the season ever since. I moved to Blacksburg full time at the beginning of August. Since preseason practices started, that has allowed me to spend time with and get to know the Virginia Tech players, coaches and some university officials.

I am looking forward to continuing to learn about the campus and the community. And I could not be more excited for another season of college football and basketball. I hope you are, too.

By Mark Viera  |  September 2, 2009; 12:15 PM ET
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Welcome to all things Hokie Mark. For DECADES we VT Alums in the DC area have chafed at the lack of coverage by the papers. Nice to see some changes have been made.

Go Hokies! Beat 'bama.

Posted by: dand187 | September 2, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

It's good to have someone on the job. Have enjoyed the coverage so far.

The 'Bama game should prove interesting.

Go Hokies!

Posted by: postfan1 | September 3, 2009 4:00 AM | Report abuse

I doubt that I will be commenting very much but I will read ALL of the posts.

Posted by: charley42 | September 3, 2009 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Welcome, Mark. You better look into finding a part-time job in January because once football is over your gonna have a hard time finding a story to write about Hokie "sports".

Posted by: sknyluv | September 3, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

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