Is it just me, or have the last couple of weeks been just crazy?
Since a lot of that craziness has involved the news media, I thought I would let you know what we have been doing here at The Columbian.
First of all, we have made and thrown out a bunch of contingency plans. When I last wrote, we had an election night coverage plan in place, and we pretty much followed it. Because we didn’t know who would win the presidential race, we had three contingency options for the front page: President Trump Wins, Joe Biden Wins, and Who Knows?
Like everyone else, we went for the third option and planned to publish an “Our Next President” package in that week’s Thursday paper. Then Friday. Then Saturday.
By the end of that week, we were coming up with strategies faster than Trump’s legal team.
Because I had never dreamed the race would take so many days to decide, we had designed a Sunday front page spotlighting a local story on homelessness going into the winter and the response by local organizations in a time when COVID-19 is spreading faster than ever. But on the Friday after Election Day, we realized we’d have to do alternative covers again, one leading with the homelessness package and another with the winner of the presidential race, should one be declared.