Thursday, March 8, 2012
Extra help for Profile
A lot of extra work goes into our annual Profile Edition.
We’re talking about it and planning for it year-round – compiling potential stories and such.
Then when January of a new year rolls around, we start getting more serious.
About mid-February, we sometimes start panicking a bit as we try to get everything (stories, photos and advertisements) in before the deadline.
This year had to be one of the best, as far as meeting our deadline.
And our small staff was fortunate to get some extra help this year, too.
Students in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi took on some assignments. They were guided by instructor Bill Rose.
He contacted me last year about the possibility of the college students helping us with some stories. I immediately put him off until the next Profile Edition.
And it turned out to be a terrific partnership.
The students spent a day in the Marshall County area – with their directions mapped out to interview locations. They produced 10 stories with accompanying photos. Bill made two or three trips back and forth, finalizing plans and delivering photos via a flash drive.
The South Reporter staff produces 52 newspapers (occasionally 53) a year, which means close to 1,200 regular pages. That doesn’t include some other special editions – like Pilgrimage and Christmas – and it doesn’t include our other product, the Pigeon Roost News.
In other words, the help from Ole Miss was very welcome.
Plus, it’s great experience for the college students.
I was fortunate to start writing for a weekly newspaper while still in high school. That working relationship continued through junior college and college, plus I joined the staff of the college newspaper at the University of North Alabama.
I learned a lot in class. But I learned even more via the on-the-job experience. And it greatly helped the resume, too.
“A Slice of Life in Marshall County” is included in this week’s edition of your community newspaper.
It is filled with good stories about good people – like 90-year-old Annie Washington, a quilting enthusiast.
There’s much more – like the growth of Griffin Inc., an industry on Highway 178 in Byhalia. And you can read about a group of motorcycling buddies sharing a lot of road memories.
I had one of our readers ask me a few weeks back, “When is that special edition? I always like reading it.”
Those are the comments that make the job we do so rewarding. We appreciate our readers – each and every one of you – and we appreciate our advertisers – each and every one of you.
Some advertisers have been a part of the Profile Edition since the first one was published. Others have jumped on board since.
I just got a call from the printer (The Oxford Eagle) in Oxford, telling me the two extra sections of the Profile Edition had been printed, and we could pick them up.
We’re always anxious, awaiting their arrival and hoping they look good – with minimal mistakes.
Here’s hoping, too, that you enjoy your copy of the 2012 Profile Edition.
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