WELCOME TO Patricia Parmer of The Lovell Chronicle, a newcomer. Patricia’s front and jump pages follow, with her note (and my comments) below.
FROM PATRICIA: I have been following your blog for a while now, and am hesitant to offer up my pages, but here goes. I work at a small weekly newspaper in Wyoming, with a small staff, and writers who write very long stories. I think that’s enough said, you’ll see. Production has very little time to get the pages ready for proofing. The county attorney story was different because I had it a few days before deadline.
FROM ED: First…welcome. I’m glad you’ve joined us and I hope you won’t be hesitant in the future.
Some thoughts on your pages:
¬ It’s not something you control, but I’d suggest a new look for the nameplate. The lower case needs to be fixed and I’d look for a more stately typeface.
¬ Front page headline hierarchy seems reversed, with the larger headline at the bottom and smaller heads at the top.
¬ You’re right: the stories are long. That’s often more forgivable in a weekly because your readers can spend more time reading those stories. But there are ways to segment longer articles and we should always look for ways to do that.
¬ I’m not turned on by some of the art elements in your jump page graphic, but I applaud your strong effort here in putting it together. It’s a good explainer graphic and it certainly helps readers to understand the process. I think it was very much worth the time and thought you invested in it.
So…despite the longer stories, I think you’re doing your readers a good service. I’d certainly like to see more of your stuff as time goes by.
How about the rest of you…some thoughts to share with Patricia?