Editor’s blog: Behind the scenes of last week’s issue

Jillian Beaudry

The Feb. 29 issue had so many great stories in it. In news the Facebook and your career story was so well written and informative. It was also really interesting to learn that Linfield was not enforcing an Oregon law as strictly as it should have to protect students. The features section wasn’t our best, but I liked the creativity that went into our 24 hours in Mac story. It’s nice to get fun things in the paper every now and then.

Our paper was critiqued by Steve Bagwell, the managing editor of the McMinnville News-Register, and he said our sports section is very weak. The writers really listened and the stories had a lot more humanity through imagery and direct quotes. I hope they were more fun for the readers too. I know it was a lot easier reading the sports pages at 1 a.m. than before. We also tried to run  our photos larger and we tried a special layout with the Who to watch feature on page 15. I turned out really well even after a few kinks.

This was the first time that we have run elections coverage in a news feature, rather than a feature on pages 8 and 9, and I am really happy with the choice. We didn’t have a lot of art with the news stories this week, it comes and goes, and I am really happy with the color page turnout. I have to give props to Tim Harrower for that one.

We also decided to keep the old-school flag for the rest of the semester because so many students liked it. Ryan honored us this week with coloring it for our color issue and I hope you all enjoyed it!

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