Here’s a sentence I never thought I would write: Our newsroom is getting a little crowded.
Well, not like in the old days, when, like other newspapers, we employed a bunch more reporters, photographers and editors. But in an era when most newsrooms look like ghost towns, it’s a nice change to see some new faces, even when they aren’t doing news.
Let me explain what’s happening around here. As we previously shared, The Columbian has taken on the contracts to print the daily newspapers serving Tacoma and Olympia. That resulted in us buying some additional equipment to handle the pre-printed inserts that go into those papers. This new inserter is humongous and takes up a lot of floor space in the warehouse that we had used for storage.
We also need quite a bit more space to store their inserts. Those pre-printed inserts that you see from, say, Target or Fred Meyer, are produced in vast quantities by speciality printers and then trucked to newspapers, such as The Columbian, a few days before they go out to readers. On days when there are multiple inserts, we work in advance to create little bundles of inserts, called jackets, that can quickly be placed into the newspaper.
So we need a lot of indoor storage space, and we need even more now that we are printing three daily newspapers.