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Winding down...

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Colton, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Just finished our 40-page broadsheet high school football section (covering 12 schools).

    By my count, spent 51 hours on it, all in the last 3 nights.

    I need a drink... or five.

    Thanks for listening to be whine like a little bitch.
  2. Jeremy Goodwin

    Jeremy Goodwin Active Member

    Nice work. I hope you get your drinks.
  3. I'll never tell

    I'll never tell Active Member

    Right in the middle of mine. I just came home to eat and change clothes.

    God help us all.
  4. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Jeremy: I'm thinking Diet Coke will have to do.

    INT: Hang in there... there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  5. Joe Williams

    Joe Williams Active Member

    The football section? Oh, do you mean that thing I immediately tossed into the recycling bin with the classfieds? Kept you a little busy? Oh. Huh.

    (sorry, I'm a mean old bastard.)
  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    40 pages for 12 schools? Holy crap. That's insane.
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Agree. Unless you've got 20 pages of ads, I'd cut that back by about 34 pages for next year.
  8. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Spnited and Ace: Agree, though THIS year, the ad department actually went out and sold ads, rather than simply accepted what was offered.

    That's what happens when you get a new guy bucking for the ad director's chair to get the job of the former ad director, who was asscanned last month.

    They more than doubled the ad inches from last year.

    Joe: You nailed it, I'm afraid.
  9. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    So how many pages of ads were in the section?
  10. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    Ace: They sold ads for each school, then some general ones, too.

    There's a strip ad on the cover, the back page is a full-page ad and of the other 38 pages, 35 of them have at least two ads on them.
  11. Still WAY too much for only 12 schools. We increased from 36 to 44 last year with 65 schools in our area.
  12. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    We're a state-wide paper and the section I just finished was eight open pages. And it was more than enough. Most readers won't have the patience to read a 36-page prep preview section; all that info likely will go to waste.
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