Thursday, March 14, 2013
Profile - team effort
If you heard a big sigh of relief coming from The South Reporter office last week, it was because the Profile Edition hit the streets.
Our biggest newspaper of the year is always a really big accomplishment for our staff.
Since Wednesday of last week, I’ve received lots of positive comments about “A Slice of Life in Marshall County.”
Some had already read all the stories; others were still in the process.
Some pointed out their favorite features, but then added, “I liked it all.”
Work on the Profile Edition is sort of a year-around process. We compile story lists throughout the year, based on recommendations from readers and our own ideas. We might get to them all that year; some may have to carry over to the next. Others we might include in a regular edition of the newspaper.
I ran into a few folks last week who were featured in this year’s edition. Each of those, too, told me they had received lots of favorable comments.
“You’re a star,” I told John West Turner when I ran into him at the State Tournament. “Have you been signing a lot of autographs?”
He even said he carried a copy of the newspaper with him to Jackson.
Of course, he has been a star for some time because of his role as the “flagman” for the Holly Springs High School Hawks.
This year’s Profile Edition was indeed another total team effort, involving the entire South Reporter staff from the front to the back, plus some extras.
The involvement of the staff included writing stories, taking photographs, selling advertisements, designing ads, laying out pages, proofreading, inserting and delivery. This was all in addition to going through our regular newspaper responsibilities for the weeks during work on the Profile, too.
It was a tough task from start to finish. But it’s always a rewarding task, too, once we see the results of our work and hear the kind comments.
Mary Minor pitched in again with some stories and photographs from the Potts Camp area. Ravenico Stephens, a senior print journalism major at Rust College, is working an internship with us and he also contributed some stories and photos to “A Slice of Life.”
Most importantly, the edition would not be possible without our advertisers – many of whom have been a part of the Profile Edition since it started many years ago.
The South Reporter crew gets it on the streets but it’s truly a community effort, and that’s just one of the many things I love about a community newspaper. We’re all in this together.
One of my good friends asked me several weeks in advance – “Now when is the big paper coming out?”
It has become a highly-anticipated edition and for that we’re most thankful.
As usual, we delivered extra copies of the Profile Edition to the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority, the Holly Springs Main Street Chamber, Holly Springs Tourism Bureau and Byhalia Area Chamber of Commerce.
These offices will distribute copies to our visitors throughout the year – so they can experience “A Slice of Life in Marshall County.”
Thanks to all of you for reading your community newspaper.
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