Thursday, March 10, 2011
Profile – team effort
Some plans for the next Profile Edition typically start a day or two after the latest one hits the streets.
We need at least a day to recuperate.
We keep a running list of story/photo ideas. Plus, we get calls soon after one is published and throughout the year suggesting features.
It’s hard to get to them all. But we will give it our best shot – either for the Profile or the regular newspaper.
A lot of work, by a small staff, goes into each Profile Edition.
This year’s, for instance, is 22 additional pages, combined with production of our regular South Reporter and Pigeon Roost pages.
We really start focusing on Profile in January – coming up with a name and finalizing stories and photos. Of course, those can change, too, as we progress. Some turn us down. Some we have a hard time running down.
In the past few years, Ronnie Day and I have done 24-hour shoots around the county. Last year we narrowed that to 12 hours.
This time around Sue Watson and I spent a day on the road shooting faces and places, plus we comprised more photos over the past month or so. We also picked up some good photos from Lawrence White and Ronnie.
Barbara Taylor spearheads the advertising efforts – with help from yours truly and Beth Breithaupt. Plus, Barbara designs all the ads and Beth proofs all stories and ads.
The Profile, just like every edition of The South Reporter, would not be possible without our many advertisers. We appreciate them all.
Sue, Linda Jones and I conduct interviews and write stories. Plus the past couple of years, we have asked one of our all-time favorite people, Mary Minor, to contribute feature stories and she has kindly obliged.
Linda makes sure all the photographs look good, after we get them off the digital camera cards. I do the layout of the stories and photos on the pages.
Others give us some personal columns about the county, its history and its progress – like Bill Mobley, Sarah Sawyer, Rebecca Bourgeois, Stephanie McKinney and Lois Swaney Shipp this time around.
Sue Watson has to be most organized of the crew when it comes to Profile stories. She starts nailing them out the first of the year – about two months early.
I usually wait until about three weeks ahead of time. But I’m typically not last.
The Profile, just like editions of the The South Reporter and Pigeon Roost News, is printed by our good friends at The Oxford Eagle.
L.G. Bogard usually makes the trek over on Monday to pick up the special sections.
We sometimes utilize extra stuffers (four sections of the newspaper this week plus several advertising circulars) But our long-time dependables – Carolyn King, Bonnie Gurley and Barbara – are always up to the bulk of the stuffing task and are far faster at the process than anyone else.
Claude Vinson and Bill Rainey handle the heavier-than-usual lifting and delivery of the biggest newspaper of the year.
I’m always hesitant about naming folks. I know I run the risk of leaving someone out.
But bottom line, Profile is a total team effort.
And we hope you enjoy the finished product.
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