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You know the drill. We work in a deadline-driven business. We get it done. No matter how busy we are or what is already on our plates, we get it done.
I asked my new friend, Kevin Schwartz to coauthor a column about the trend of college newspapers toward reducing print days or moving away from print to digital. Kevin is going to hate that I told you this, but College Media Matters recently referred to Kevin as “Dean of the College Media Business.” He knows his stuff.
You can read for yourself what Kevin, who was general manager of The Daily Tar Heel student newspaper at the University of North Carolina for 20 years, thinks about this trend.
I’ve thought about that as I’ve looked over the results of my recent survey of North American publishers. These publishers are people who get things done. It’s no wonder that most of the newspapers in North American plan to have a bright future. We’re used to making the impossible happen every day.
At first I thought, “It sounds like an interesting project, but I just don’t have time.”
But lately, I’ve been trying to stretch myself and keep work interesting. It dawned on me that my friend Ed Henninger might be interested in working on this project with me. Sure enough, he was.
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My dilemma doesn’t revolve around those things, however. I promised to pen a question/answer column this month and I keep my promises.
The second challenge was a bit more interesting. Mike mentioned that producing their publications would be much more efficient if he, along with others who sometimes worked away from the office, could connect to the office network from remote locations. He went a little further than that. Not only did they want to connect to their servers, they wanted to be able to work from home or wherever exactly the same way they did back at the office.
“At the risk of making your head grow any bigger, I thought I’d show this to you.”
He was holding a copy of The Oklahoma Publisher, the official publication of the Oklahoma Press Association.
It seems to be on the minds of newspaper publishers and production managers everywhere.
Without a doubt, the second most requested task I’ve been given by newspapers in recent months is to improve the quality of the color in their print products.