Pretty much everything that could go wrong did today in the newsroom.
Access to the wordpress host of our site was spotty all day, which made it hard to log on and get, oh you know, the articles that we needed to layout for the issue in inDesign.
Also, a concerned citizen dropped by the office in the afternoon to let us know that one of last week’s articles was libel. He talked to a lawyer so that was that, obviously, and could be please retract the story? I politely told him no.
Immediately following that, I had to take a 2 hour absence to go play in the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. It was kind of challenging to focus on Beethoven’s ninth when, you know, someone had just threatened to sue us for libel. Newsroom separation anxiety ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Then I came back and tried to get some things done and the site was down (again) for a solid hour.
Then it came back around 9 p.m., and we finished a decent layout. Only to realize we had forgotten to include a full page ad.
You know, I’m trying to be positive and good-naturedly reflective about my year as EIC. But at the moment I’m just happy I only have to do this one more time.