On putting out the paper...
by Judi Dupuis
you think putting out a newspaper is a breeze. I mean, how
difficult could it be – right? Wrong!! It's a very
time-consuming, back-aching, eye-straining job. I have more respect
now for those who put out dailies than I ever thought possible.
March 12 the Newswest Board of Directors accepted the resignation of
its editor, due to rather fast-moving and unforeseen circumstances.
As a result, the April issue of Newswest was in jeopardy of not being
published. No problem ... Ann Davelaar to the rescue!
gathered all the stories, edited them and sent them to Runge Press
for typesetting as waxed copy. Then she called the Board of
Directors plus additional volunteers, most of whom incidentally had
never done this type of work before, to assist with the next steps. These
steps included layout, minor editing, paste-up and creating heads.
involves presenting articles, photos and ads on each page in a
pleasing design. Minor editing means cutting out words or sentences that don't
fit in the allotted space, but leaving the essence of the article
intact. Paste-up of the waxed copy is done on oversized dummy
sheets. Then there is the job of creating headlines that are so-o-o
interesting that they entice you to read the article.
arrived late at the Westboro Community Centre on Sunday March 24.
Most of the trainees were already at work in the main hall and had
been there for three hours. The large tables were covered with the
dummy sheets being pasted. Heads were bent, and the only sounds in
the room seemed to be “Ann! Rosalind! I need you – now!”
(Rosalind Tosh is chairperson of the Board of Directors and a former
was no lunch. Just a well-timed coffee break with butter tarts
thoughtfully donated to the cause by Maggie Logan.
comes a time when grown people resort to all sorts of behavior to
relieve tension, back-ache, eye-strain or just to indicate they are beginning to unravel. These
signs became apparent well into the afternoon when lame jokes seemed
funnier, slips of the tongue were hilarious and wit became caustic.
day ended at 5 p.m. for those who arrived early. Those of us who
arrived later concluded our day at midnight. Ann Davelaar and
Rosalind Tosh also worked Monday night on writing instructions for
the printer, to be attached to each dummy page. Ann completed the
April issue the next night with the help of Cheryliynn Ireland. The
work was then sent to Runge and turned into the paper that was
all the helpers – Rosalind Tosh, Brian Lackey, Susan Mooney,
Brian Pratt, Scott Milloy, Sid Roberts, Patrick Meikle, Barbara
Green, Armand Dale, Cheryliynn Ireland, Barbara Paradis, Chris Tripp
and I – breathed a deep sigh of relief!
experience proved to be a real education combined with hard work and
a lot of fun. We can all be very proud in knowing that the April
issue of Newswest was the result of a true community effort. In this
same spirit the community at larger should applaud the energy that
went into putting out this issue. We, the volunteers, applaud Ann's
commitment, patience and dedication for a job well done.
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