For the Print Team on Election Night, It’s Game On

For the Print Team on Election Night, It’s Game On

November 20, 2020 ckrekbra 0

first_img– Advertisement – “Certain stories that we know we’re going to have can be mapped out early, like stories about voting lines and photos of people voting,” Ms. Rillos said. That way, she added, “the first-edition paper, which really many of our national subscribers see, will still be fresh, valuable and a service to our readers that Wednesday morning.”As the night goes on, editors and designers will at times have mere minutes to polish and lay out a new or updated article. Headlines, especially those on the front page, can involve the most collaborative effort, with input from several editors, including members of the senior newsroom leadership.Because of the pandemic, the team must do this work from home, a challenge that has gone relatively smoothly during the past few months partly because team members communicate continuously through the messaging tool Slack and the use of video chats, said John Woods, a senior news editor who oversees planning and organizing of the newspaper throughout the day.- Advertisement – Still, he said, Tuesday night most likely won’t be nearly the same as previous elections. “We’ll all be at home, and you lose all that excitement and that kind of blood flowing through the newsroom veins,” he said. “Like someone gasping at breaking news and everybody feeling it, talking about it to figure out what it means.”That doesn’t mean, however, that the spirit of camaraderie is lost. “One of the things about election night that’s meaningful to me,” Mr. Woods said, “is that it kind of shows how well all of us can work together.”center_img “We’ve worked with our colleagues at the College Point and National print sites to extend the press run as late as possible, with what amounts to four editions of the paper and at least two postscripts to get in the latest news,” said Tom Jolly, associate masthead editor, who oversees the Print Hub. “That’s a lot more than we do on a normal night, when we would produce three editions, with no postscripts.”The team will be focusing on getting early nonelection and nonbreaking news articles from other sections into the paper’s layout early, so editors and page designers will be free to focus on live election pages later, Ms. Rillos said.- Advertisement –last_img

 

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