So now on to Thanksgiving.
We aren’t doing much at our house for the holiday. With the coronavirus spreading rapidly, we aren’t even inviting our adult daughter over for a turkey dinner.
At The Columbian, our Thanksgiving plans are still on. We weren’t sure at first whether our COVID-weary advertisers would be able to support the traditional big Thanksgiving Day newspaper, but it now appears that there will be at least some semblance of normalcy in that edition.
It takes a long time to assemble that newspaper and all of its advertising supplements, which have to be inserted, one into the other, by machines we have here at The Columbian. Our packaging department has been working on this for a while now, because we do ours and contract with several other newspapers to do theirs. Through my office window I have seen big trucks arrive with what I suspect are loads of the inserts.
This extra activity ends up creating some unusual schedules for the newsroom. Specifically, we are going to produce two newspapers on Tuesday.
First up will be the Thanksgiving Day print edition. We’ll get an early start on it, and have the first two sections on the press at 6 p.m., followed by the last two sections at 9 p.m. Then we’ll print the Wednesday paper at 11:30 p.m.