Sometimes the most practical plans don’t turn out to be ideal. I think that might have been the case with our Thanksgiving print edition.
We printed the newspaper in advance, on Tuesday evening, for practical reasons. Our Thanksgiving paper was huge, requiring many extra hours of labor to assemble, while at the same time our crew was busy producing newspapers and bundles of inserts under contract to several other, larger, Northwest publications. We hired temporary workers, leased extra trucks and trailers, and even used part of our parking lot for overflow.
To be honest, I don’t think there was any way we could have maintained our normal 11:30 p.m. press start and still had the paper on your doorstep on Thanksgiving morning. Depending on when your turkey went into the oven, even dinner-time delivery might have been a stretch.
But by printing the paper in advance, we knew there wouldn’t be a chance to offer any of Wednesday’s news. So we filled it with other content.
Features Editor Erin Middlewood had reported a story about a local animal rescue that specialized in farm animals, and we had great photos, so we put that on the front page. On her features cover, we re-ran one of our most popular and requested stories about how Mill Plain and Fourth Plain got their names. Our Sports team was able to use its space to offer a well-illustrated feature on local pheasant hunting, a feature on a former local high school athlete who is now a sports broadcaster, and its annual all-region fall sports teams.