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Volume 72, Number 10 - October 2001










Kentucky papers provide

intense 9-11

KPA News Bureau

Seconds after planes plowed
into the World Trade Center’s ’lein
Towers Sept. 11, newsrooms all
across America scrambled to get the
story. Local news that had been
slated for the next day’s papers was
brushed aside as the story quickly
unfolded, and the realization set in
that America was under attack.

And Kentucky’s newspapers
were no exception.

“In some ways it’s almost guilty
to talk about a tragedy being an
adrenaline rush, but it was,” said
Bob Ashley, editor of the
Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro.

“It was a day for newspaper-

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Regardless of circulation or
size, papers across Kentucky
aggressively covered the national
tragedy in the hours, days and
weeks following Sept. 11’s events.
The Courier-Journal in Louisville,
the state’s largest newspaper, put
out an extra edition early that
Tuesday afternoon. Small weeklies
that usually leave national news to
the dailies, cleared off their fronts
—— at least in part — to make room
for What was going on in New York
and Washington. M

Editors said the decision to
focus on the events was an easy one
to make.

John Mura, associate mana-

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the Sept. 11 attacks.


Veteran D.C.
reporter, _, state
native, visits

Veteran journalist Helen
Thomas, a Winchester native,
shared her inside view of covering
the White House for 40 years at the
Southern Governors’ Association
annual meeting Sept. 10 in

Thomas, now a Washington-
based columnist for Hearst
Newspapers and a longtime White
House correspondent for United
Press International, reflected on
how history has shaped the presi-
dency and its relationship with the
American people. She also signed
her recent book, Dateline White

See REPORTER, page 4


Thomas visits Kentucky
Helen Thomas, long-time White House correspondent and Kentucky
native, visited the area recently. She’s pictured above with the new officers
of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Society for Professional Joumaiists and
SPJ national president AI Cross. Included in the photo are (left to right)
Cross; Dr. Elizabeth Hansen, president of the SPJ chapter; Patti Cross,
owner of PCCommunications in Frankfort and treasurer of the chapter;
Laura Cullen, editor of the Kentucky Gazette in Frankfort and chapter sec-


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Send in photos
now for KPA
directory cover

What better way to show a
photographer’s talent than on the
front cover of the KPA Yearbook
and Directory?

Each year, we select one four-
color photograph from a photogra-
pher at a member newspaper and
publish that on the front cover of
the directory with appropriate
credit given inside the directory.

See DIRECTORY, page 4



Page 2 - The Kentucky Press, October 2001

Kentucky people, papers in the news

News—Enterprise hires
advertising manager

Steve Wheatley was named
advertising manager of the
Elizabethtown News—Enterprise in

Wheatley has been with the
newspaper’s parent company,
Landmark Community Newspapers,
Inc., for seven years as sales devel-
opment manager at the corporate

At the Elizabethtown paper, he
will be responsible for a 32-person
department that sells and produces
advertising for the daily paper,
Inside the Turret, online ventures
and other print products.

Wheatley has a bachelor’s
degree in education from the
University of Kentucky.







Richmond Register
names Williams

to ad manager’s'post

The Richmond Register hired
Clarissa Williams as its new adver-
tising director.

' Williams comes to the Register
from Clinton, Tenn., Where she was
advertising director for The
Courier News. Williams has also
worked for the Times Tribune and
the Tri-County Shopping Guide in

Marshall joins news
staff at Mt. Sterling

Tom Marshall was hired as the
new general assignment reporter at
the Mt. Sterling Advocate in

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Advocate, Marshall worked at The
Daily Independent in Ashland. He
has also worked at The Benton
County (Ark.) Daily Record, The
Glenpool (Okla.) Post and The

Southwest Times Record'in Fort.

Smith, Ark.

Marshall is a native of Mt.
Sterling and an Eastern Kentucky
University graduate.

Hannan retires after 30

years at Berea Citizen

After nearly 30 years of writing
for The Berea Citizen, Joyce
Hannan is leaving her job. Hannan
said she is moving to Joilet, 111. to
be closer to her son.

News-Outlook hires
Kramer as reporter

Sunny Kramer was hired as the
new reporter at the Bath County

Kramer graduated in December
from Morehead State University,
where she earned a degree in com-
munications, with an emphasis in
journalism and a minor in philoso-


Big Sandy News goes

to" twice a week

The Big Sandy News in Louisa
moved from a weekly 'to a twice
weekly paper in September. The
newspaper, which launched its
regional edition in May, published
its first Friday edition on Sept. 7.

“We had anticipated adding a
second edition early next year,”
said publisher Scott Perry, “but we
have found during our first three
months of regional publication that
we just can’t wait that long. The
supply of news in the four counties
we cover now — Lawrence, Martin,
Johnson and Magoffin —— is so
great that we just can’t fit it all in
one issue, and we don’t want to
leave anything out.”

Graham takes sports
editor position
at Somerset daily

G. Michael Graham was named
sports editor of the Commonwealth
Journal in August. Graham has a
journalism degree from Bowling
Green State University in Ohio.

While in college, Graham was a
sports reporter and sports editor at
the school’s newspaper, BG News.

Graham comes to Somerset
from The Baytown (Texas) Sun,
where he covered seven high
schools, Division Ijunior college
and the Houston Astros.

News—Democrat hires
Smith as staff writer

Julie Smith was hired in
August as a staff writer at the
News-Democrat in Carrollton.
Smith has a business degree from
Campbellsville University.

Smith recently completed the
KPA Journalism Boot Camp.

Tungate joins news
staff at Adair Progress,

Columbia News

Steven Tungate has joined The
Adair Progress and The Columbia
News as a staff writer and photog-
rapher. He replaces Sue Clark, who
left the paper to take a position
with the Marion County School
System. Tungate attends Lindsey
Wilson College, where he is earn-
ing a degree in English.

Bolin promoted

' at Journal-Enterprise

Journal—Enterprise reporter
Gwen Bolin was promoted to assis-
tant news editor in August. Bolin
has been with the Providence paper
since December 1998. Before com-
ing to The Journal~Enterprise, she
was a free-lance writer covering
feature stories for The Times
Leader in Princeton.

Love hired as reporter
at Sentinel—Echo

Lorie Love, a former Laurel
County reporter, joined the staff of
The Sentinel-Echo in September.

Love began her journalism
career in 1996 after graduating
from North Laurel High School.
She worked full-time for the Laurel
News-Leader. She has also worked
for the London-Laurel News
Journal and the Corbin News
Journal. At age 20, she became one
of the state’s youngest managing
editors, when she took the position
at the Mountain Advocate in

See PEOPLE, page 10




The story on A1 Cross which appeared in last month’s issue of The
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voter registration. Cross said when he became political writer at The
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An American Tragedy

Events at World Trade Center, Pentagon give weekly papers reason to cover national
news; Armando Arrastia, KPA Associates chairman, wasn’t at the W' l 'C, but his heart was


On Second

By David T. Thompson
mm Executive Director





One would only imagine that the American
tragedy on Sept. 11 would mean special reports
and sections in the Sept. 12 newspapers. Extra
pages, most of them full news pages without
advertising, would be the rule rather than the

That’s a statement accurate for just about
every daily newspaper in the state and country.
News of national importance, even international
importance, is published without a second

Weekly newspapers, meanwhile, are expect-
ed to concentrate more on the local news, leav-
ing regional, state and obviously national and
international to the dailies. Weekly newspaper
readers really aren’t interested in what’s going
on halfway across the state, maybe not even a
county away. They look to the local weekly to
give them local news and if they want more
widespread news, they buy a daily newspaper.

Just as our lives changed on Sept. 11, so did
the news in some Kentucky weeklies. Several
used national resources to put together coverage

of the World Trade Center and Pentagon ‘

tragedies. Photos and stories adorned the pages
on the news, in some cases for the first time in
the newspaper’s history.

The Associated Press and Kentucky bureau
chief Ed Staats played a role in helping some
newspapers expand their coverage of the news
from New York and DC.

“This is a national tragedy that transcends
normal operations. If AP can help its smaller
newspaper members tell the story to the
American public, we should do it,” said Wick
Temple, AP’s vice president and director of
newspaper membership, in a note to AP bureau
chiefs. .
As a courtesy, Staats also saw to it that
other newspapers’ needs were met as they tried
to serve their readers with a complete account of
these tragic developments. In addition, AP’s
N ewsfinder service for weekly and semiweekly
newspapers relaxed its rules and made spot sto-
ries and photos available. There are nearly as
many NeWsfinder members for AP in Kentucky
as daily newspapers, Staats noted.

Staats said that in recent years, in an effort
to make the AP state report more complete, “we
have worked more closely with nondaily news—
papers across Kentucky to obtain stories that
we otherwise would not have in our state report.

“We saw this as an opportunity to recipro-
cate,” he told me. ’

Todd County Standard

Mike Finch, publisher of the Todd County
Standard, said in his 23 years at the newspaper,
“I’ve never attempted to cover a national story.
Heck, except for the legislative roundup stories
(supplied by KPA), I don’t cover state news. So I
was feeling if we couldn’t get something worthy
of print, we might be best not trying anything.”

The Standard ended up with the top-half of
the front page and double spread inside devoted

to the national news. Finch also localized the
story with photos of long lines at Todd County
gas stations, a knee-jerk reaction to rumors that
gas prices were about to skyrocket.

The decision to coverthe story meant a local
festival story didn’t make the Standard. Finch
said it should have been in the paper, “but we
just dropped the ball as we became too interest-
ed in printing the national news.”

‘ But that complaint was tempered by at least
four calls from people saying a relative or for-
mer Todd County residents lived in the area of
the World Trade complex and would make inter-
esting stories.

“We’re working on that angle for next week
(the week of Sept. 18),” said Finch, “and then
we’ll probably go back to normal.”

Georgetown News-Graphic

Mike Scogin, Kevin Hall and the Georgetown
News-Graphic staff kept its traditional newspa-
per front, full of only Scott County news, but
published a four-page wrap devoted to the

“We will continue to cover the event for at
least one or two additional issues with a page,”
said Scogin, “and we set up a special section on
our web site.”

Scogin said response has been encouraging. ,


“Since that story was on the hearts
and minds of everyone, we felt that
our focus had to be on it, too. The
challenge was to localize it as much
as possible”

Chip Hutcheson

Publisher, Princeton Times-Leader


“It’s been positive with the readers saying they
appreciated our ‘break’ from the normal. In fact,
I think our readers expected this from us.”

Concerning the special section on the web
site, Scogin said “our daily page views this week
are twice the normal amount. We even had an e-
mail from an Australian who relayed that
nation’s support for America via our web site.”

The News-Graphic’s first problem was art,
but after contacting the AP Newsfinder and
WLEX-TV in Lexington, “both responded quick-
ly and we got some photos.”

The decision to break from the norm was an
easy one. “Once it was certain this was a terror-
ist attack, there was no question we were going
to cover it,” Scogin added.

Princeton Times Leader

The news of the tragedy made Chip
Hutcheson, publisher of the Princeton Times
Leader, think a wire story and photo on the back
of Section A would be all his paper would do.

' “But as the day unfolded, we soon realized
more than that was needed.”

The Times Leader had two photos from a
community prayer service and two more on the
local gas—buying frenzy.

With Fort Campbell nearby, Hutcheson
made the local tie-in with the situation there.
The lead story used a Princeton perspective with
the local Red Cross chairman.

Hutcheson noted the Times Leader’s 5:30
am. press time on Wednesday gave the staff suf-
ficient time to collect a large amount of informa-

tion. -
“Since that story was on the hearts and
minds of everyone, we felt that our focus had to
be on it, too. The challenge was to localize it as
much as possible”

As did others, Hutcheson thanked Ed Staats,
Kentucky AP bureau chief, and the Associated
Press for lifting the 24-hour embargo, “allowing
us access to late-breaking information.”

HarrOdsburg Herald

Rosalind Turner, news editor of the
Harrodsburg Herald, perhaps summed up the
way many weekly newspapers felt.

“National coverage is not our usual beat, but
a tragedy of this magnitude touched the lives of
everyone in the nation and could not be ignored
even by a community newspaper,” said Turner.
“It was not a tough decision to make.”

She noted that for historical purposes, Sept.
11, 2001, was a date “The Harrodsburg Herald
could not ignore.”

Like many other newspapers, normal local
news in the Harrodsburg Herald was moved to
the back page to make room for the national

The Herald’s coverage'included photos from
the AP, a story on what had happened and then
the local perspective that included comments
from Harrodsburg policemen, two former mili-
tary services persons, the KPA story on the gov-
ernor’s press conference and stories on local
agencies that would become involved.

Various other stories were inside The
Herald that week, and the opinion page fea-
tured an editorial, two columns and a cartoon by

* the staff artist.

Hancock Clarion

Hancock Clarion publisher Donn Wimmer
used a couple of national color photos then local-
ized coverage with pictures from the courthouse
where a prayer gathering was held. The
Clarion localized the story as well.


KPA Associates chairman Armando
Arrastia, like so many Americans, felt deflated
when news of the World Trade Center tragedy
first made the airwaves. When the second plane
hit the towers, “I felt more deflated and absolute
disbelief -— it felt like I was watching a movie. I
wanted to faint, but couldn’t.”

Arrastia had reason to be more emotional
than most of the rest of us. He used to work in
the World Trade Center for the Port Authority
of New York and New Jersey. He had friends in
the WTC bombing eight years ago and had col-
leagues and friends still working there.

“I looked at the images and used what I
knowabout the buildings to figure that the
planes had both hit above the 78th floor,” which
is higher than the floor where his colleagues
and friends probably were.

Arrastia left the coverage for a legislative
committee meeting, believing his friends were,
in all likelihood, OK. That meeting adjourned
early because of the tragedy. He went to a near-
by office to use the phone. “The camera was
showing a picture of the portion of a city shroud-
ed in smoke and flames.” Having heard about a
plane going down in Pittsburgh, he asked “Is
that Pittsburgh?”

The response came. “No, that’s the World

See TRAGEDY, page 6


 Page 4 - The Kentucky Press, October 2001

Don’t let your design investment go down the drain


Design is


By Edward F. Henninger




Remember that great design you bought a
few years ago? Yes, “bought.” You paid for it
either in consultant fees or staff sweat — both,
if you did it right.

Well, don’t look now, but your investment
may be swirling down a hole.

Even the best design can go south if it’s not
nurtured. And, yes, there have been some
redesigns I’ve worked on that I now find disap-
pointing. Somewhere after the launch, all the
attention and effort died —— and so did those

Occasionally, it’s difficult to tell what may
have happened. But some redesigns may suffer
from the outset. Here’s why:

OThe mandated redesign. The newsroom
rejects the project because editorial managers
and staff believe the present redesign works
fine or because they don’t want the help of an


A good design must stand
the test of time. Will yours?

outsider. The mandate comes from corporate
honchos. If the publisher doesn’t buy in, that
design is going to be troubled from its inception.

OPoor leadership
A good design requires the attention and
protection of leadership throughout your news-

paper. Yes, even including advertising, produc-
tion and circulation supervisors.

But especially in the newsroom, your man—
agers must be committed to quality design in
every issue. Newsroom managers who think of
design as “making the paper pretty” or “jazzing
it up” (a phrase I detest!) are more likely to take
freedoms with the design. They’ll eventually
find a reason to ignore even the most important

Often, they’re the ones who have never
cracked open the design style guide. They want
to break the rules (or allow their staffers to)
without even knowing what the rules are.
That’s not leadership —- it’s deceit. If no one
else, they’re lying to themselves.

0N0 style guide (or one that’s not clear)

A written style guide is the document that
embodies the principles, techniques and
approach of your design. It clearly spells out
what is acceptable and what is not. Without a
proper style guide, you don’t really have a
design. You just have dissimilar and conflicting
design approaches.

See INVESTMENT, page 5'




Continued from page 1

Any photograph depicting life
in Kentucky or a recent event in
Kentucky is considered. The photo
does not have to have been pub-
lished in a newspaper to be used
on the directorfs cover.

The deadline for submitting a
four-color photograph for the front
cover is Nov. 15.

The photographer whose photo


is selected will then be notified
and asked to send KPA a four-
color separation of the photograph
by December 3, 2001.

Please indicate on a cover
memo that the photo is being sent
for consideration for the front
cover of the KPA Yearbook and
Directory, and include the newspa-
per and the photographer’s name.

Please mail your 2002
Yearbook and Directory front
cover photographs to: KPA, 101
Consumer Lane, Frankfort, Ky.



Reporter »

Continued from page 1

Earlier in the day at a break-
fast of the Society of Professional
Journalists Bluegrass Chapter,
Thomas called the current Bush
administration “the most conserva»
tive” she has covered.

She decried what she called
“managed news” from the Bush
White House and said the preSi-
dent should have more news con-

Thomas, vwho was first

assigned by UPI to the White
House in 1960 to cover President
John F. Kennedy, said she is con-
cerned that the world has decided
that Bush is an’isolationist. He is
bringing China and Russia closer
together and has a hands-off policy
in the Middle East, she said.

Thomas, the first female officer
of the National Press Club, also
said Bush is to blame for the ailing

She said the president consid-
ers his tax-rebate policy “a cure-
all” but it is “a colossal mistake”
that threatens Social Security.

(Reprinted from the Lexington

Postal Service seeks
$6.1 billon rate hike

The United States Postal
Service Board of Governors filed a
rate case Sept. 24 with the Postal
Rate Commission, seeking a $6.1
billion hike in postage rates across
the board.

Estimated rate hikes for local
newspapers were expected to be
between 10 and 15 percent.
Instead, the rate increase request—
ed is an average of 1.7 percent.

An early review by the
National Newspaper Association of
the specific rate proposal shows
that certain rates may actually go
down by 1 to 2 percent.

Under the USPS’s proposal,
the price of a First-Class stamp
will jump three cents, from the
current 34 cents to 37 cents.
Postmaster General John E. Potter
told a Senate panel on Sept. 20
that this increase would cost the
average household $1 per month.

This proposed increase is in
addition to the $3 billion in hikes
that the Postal Service has imple-

mented since January 2001.

The out—of—county mail will be
hit with a 10 to 15 percent
increase. Magazine publishers with
a nationwide distribution are most
concerned over this increase citing
the last two rate hikes just this
past year.

In fact, the Postal Service, if
successful in the rate case, will
have raised $9 billion over the past
two years. Direct marketers are
also concerned since they face rate
increases 6 to 8 percent in a time of
an economic downturn and a very
poor advertising climate.

Since the approval process
takes 10-12 months, the new rates

could take effect just as businesses .

and consumers are gearing up for

the 2002 holiday season. Because '

of the lengthy approval process set
forth in current law, the USPS
Board indicated that it felt com-
pelled to seek the increase now.




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Continued from page 4

0A style guide that has
grown moldy

Over the years, some design
elements will be tweaked and
updated to reflect new ideas and
new capabilities. Your style guide
should be updated to reflect those

0A change in staffing

As new desk people enter your
newsroom, they understand little
of the thinking and work that
went into the initial redesign.
They don’t possess the same sense
of dedication to your design that
long—time staffers may have. They
often will see your design (no mat—
ter how contemporary) as dated.
And some will want to make
changes, even if that means vio-
lating some of the tenets in the
design style guide.

It’s important that these folks
be given training and background
on why and how your newspaper’s
design works for your readers.

0A change in leadership

Often a new publisher, editor
or managing editor Will want to
change the design. This is not so
much a change for the sake of
improvement as it is a change for
the sake of change. That new per-
son wants to make a mark on the
newspaper and there is no easier
way (that’s right: no easier way)
to quickly make a mark on a
newspaper than to mess With the

paper’s design.

Your design is like the cloth-
ing you wear every day and a new
person will do his or her best to
clean out your closet and trade in
your suits for slacks. Thank good-
ness leisure suits are still dead.

0A change in hardware

A new system often causes
headaches for your systems staff
that can result in migraines for
your designers. When we switch
systems, we’re often presented
with the temptation to cut a cor-
ner here, drop a rule there,
change a font here, squeeze a
head there. Give in to that temp-
tation and your design begins to
erode. The objective is not to
rework the design to make it fit a
format or a system code — but to
fit the format or code to the
design. And if that can’t happen
then you’ve got the wrong system.

-A change in software

New software often presents
new capabilities. In the 1980s, it
became possible for us to run sto-
ries over faded, multi—colored
screens. But that’s not a capabili-
ty —— it’s really a liability.
Inexperienced designers don’t
understand that just because they
can do something with a design, it
doesn’t mean they should do it.
They see the possibilities and
want to make them realities while
giving little thought to whether
their choices are tasteful or not.
Often the result can be bizarre. A
key to good use of software is
knowing which capabilities not to

None of these problems is
insurmountable. Some will
require strong leadership to fix.
Some will require training. Some
will require hand holding and
some Will require a firmer touch.

It’s your choice: You can
watch over your design or you
can watch it slide down the drain.

(Edward F. Henninger is an
independent newspaper consultant
and the director of OMNIA
Consulting in Rock Hill, 8.0. You
can reach him at 803-327-3322,
fax: 803-327-3323, e-mail:




Need technical advice?

The Kentucky Press, October 2001 - Page 5

Multi—Ad releases long awaited
Creator 6.0 for Macs, Windows



By Kevin Slimp





I remember the first time I
reviewed a product from Multi-ad
Services. They had just released
Creator2, version 1.0. I installed
the program, tried out a few of its
features and was pretty impressed.
The impression switched to anger
when I tried to print from other
programs after the Creator2 instal-

Pagemaker, QuarkXpress and
other programs would inform me
that my fonts had changed and the
document might not print as
expected. I quickly called my new
contact at Multi—ad to discuss the
problem. Apparently, the program-
ming for Creator2 had been based
on Apple’s GX technology and
didn’t behave very well with other
desktop publishing software. After
she explained all the reasons GX
was a superior technology, I
explained to her that Creator2
would never make it unless some
significant changes were made.

Sure enough, it wasn’t long
before Ron Davis was hired to over-
haul Creator2. The short-term solu-
tion was to install an extension
called GXMask, which basically hid
the problems associated with the
GX technology from other pro-



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Creator 6.0, the latest ad layout
program from Multi-Ad, was
recently released on both Mac
and PC platforms.

With the release of Creator2,
version 1.5 (and later 1.6), Multi—ad
had a program which was several
steps ahead of other programs used
for ad layout, without interrupting
the user’s ability to print from
other programs. Still, the GX tech-
nology caused problems from time
to time.

Last year Ron served as a
speaker at the Institute of
Newspaper Technology and pre—
viewed the latest software being
developed by Multi—ad, Creator 6.
Basically, Creator 6 would be inde—
pendent of the GX technology
which had caused so many prob—
lems. As Ron explained, Creator 6
would include the stability and
speed of long-time newspaper
favorite Creator (which was in its

See MULTl-AD, page 7


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ging editor at The Courier-Journal, said putting
out an extra edition about the attack “seemed a
natural thing to do.”

“It really was one of the biggest stories in the
last 50 years,” Mura said. “It really was more of
a natural reaction.”

The Courier-Joumal’s four-page extra edi-
tion was on the streets by 1 p.m. The paper sold
out of the 40,000 copies it printed, Mura said.
The paper plans to reprint the section sometime
soon, he said.

Much of The Courier-Journal’s following
day’s paper was also dedicated to coverage of the
disaster. The paper had a 16-page double A sec-
tion, Mura said. Seventeen of the stories were
written by staff members.

“We threw our entire staff into it,” he said.

In Owensboro, Ashley said his staff decided to
focus on their Wednesday paper and localizing
the story.

It wasn’t difficult to find local stories. People
called the newsroom all day long telling him
about family and friends who worked at the sites
of the attacks. Ashley said his staff wrote eight
stories for the next day’s paper.

“We didn’t want the local stories to step on,
or get in the way of, the truly horrific national
story we had to tell,” he said.

Wednesday’s entire front page was filled
with stories and photos about the attacks. The
information also filled several pages on the
inside of the section, and spilled over to a 10-
page special section, with no ads.

He said at the time there was not a lot of con-
cern about the cost of printing the extra 10 pages
with no advertisement.

“Frankly, I don’t remember the discussion
being more than 45 seconds long,” Ashley said.
“We had a belief that the section needed to focus
on the news and not be broken up with ads.”

In Danville, while Ashley, as well as many
other editors of dalies in the state, were scram-
bling for the next day, John Nelson was trying to
produce a paper for that afternoon. The
Advocate-Messenger goes to press about 12:15
p.m. each day, so Nelson’s staff was right on
deadline as the attacks happened.

“We stuck pretty much with wire coverage
that day,” Nelson, who is the editor of The
Advocate—Messenger, said. “It of course took over
our news pages and has for about a week now.”

But as soon as Tuesday’s paper was finished,
the staff had a meeting to plan for the next day.

By the following day his staff had written
stories about prayer services, missing family
members and long lines at gas stations. Some








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