We, as journalists, are told from our first journalism class that our job is to inform the public. That is our sacred duty, our holy grail. Therefore, we feel the need to inform you, our readers, of the reasons for our design goofs from last week’s issue. You’ll find the log we kept last week below:
Tuesday, Aug. 23
10:45 a.m. OK: It’s deadline day, the first one of the semester. Last semester’s Editor in Chief and the Arts and Entertainment editor have graduated, but we’ll be fine, won’t we? 10:58 a.m. We’re not going to be OK. 11:02 a.m. Where’s the online server to lay our pages out on? No one knows. Can anything else go wrong? 11:22 a.m. Hallelujah, we have a server. Everything will go smoothly from here. We have stories, people and a server. Life is good. 2:47 p.m. Nearly forgot that we’ve got a new program to lay our pages out on. The Northerner switched from Quark to InDesign, but it can’t be that different. We’ve been laying newspaper pages out forever. It’ll be cake. 5:14 p.m. Who the hell made this program? We can’t even figure out how to set the fonts. 7:09 p.m. Someone call Domino’s. Now. 9:15 p.m. Some of the pages are up, but since we switched programs, we’ll have to design all the pages from scratch. But that’s OK. We can do that. You just hold one of the old issues up to the screen and make it look the same, right? That’s not hard at all.
Wednesday, Aug. 24
12:16 a.m. Hope our professors forgive us for not making the 8 a.m. classes. 2:26 a.m. The Norse Poll fell through because of miscommunication … That’s great. What’s going to take up that space now? Someone is going to have to design a last-minute ad. 3:52 a.m. Wow. That looks really stupid. 5:34 a.m. Have we really been in this office for almost 24 hours? Purple Kool-Aid, anyone? 6:15 a.m. Finally. Everything seems to be done. There have been some formattinh problems, but we’re sending the pages to the printer now and it’s nearly over. 6:17 a.m. Not yet. There was something wrong with the fonts on the A’E page. Fixable. We can’t even think straight anymore. Oh, lovely. The font that we had to change it to made the text smaller and left holes on the page. Nothing we can do about it now. God, please let next week be better.
P.S. “Pression” is not a real word. We were going for “pressing.” Our bad. You can stop looking it up in the dictionary now.