Crazy 8

Posted on Wednesday 2 September 2009

When people who pick up our print edition of the newspaper this week, they’ll think I’m crazy, like that would be anything different than what they probably already thought. We had to shuffle some pages on Tuesday prior to sending them to press. A late ad, adding two pages and repositioning some pages were done after I had already finished page one and also didn’t get back to it for proofing. Consequently my front page story says it jumps to page 8 when it is actually jumped to page 7 and a filler that tells our readers there are more Old Settlers photos on page 8 should say pages 6 and 7. Not to mention leaving out the t in 86th, so it looks like Old Settlers finished a really, really long run which, if they had, it would be big news.

The frustrating thing, though, is I actually tried to head the problem off. I woke at 3:30 a.m this morning and a thought bolted through my mind that I had forgotten to change that information on the front page. At 6:45 a.m I came to the office, made the corrections, then sent the corrected page to press–well before the press would print our newspaper since the press manager doesn’t even get to work until 8:00 a.m. He always checks email before he puts us on the press, but not today.

He sheepishly greeted me when I arrived to pick up the newspapers and told me. He said he hoped the page number change was all that was corrected. I told him it was, and he apologized. As I told him, “My readers will just think the editor is crazy yet again.”

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