The Coast goes daily


On our of­fice bul­letin board, some­body posted this de­scrip­tion of jour­nal­ism: “It’s a tough job with in­sane pres­sure and pretty crappy pay. On the other hand, ev­ery­body hates you.” That was pinned up years ago, but it’s still there, ring­ing true into the new year.

Pro­duc­ing a news­pa­per on a weekly dead­line is a spe­cial kind of pres­sure. Scary, to be sure, yet also mo­ti­vat­ing. To the pro­cras­ti­na­tors among us (guilty!) The Coast’s Wed­nes­day date with the print­ing press is the one thing that can’t be pushed off. For our staff, an eclec­tic group of self-starters who ques­tion au­thor­ity, the dead­line is a rea­son to work as a team. And know­ing there’s an au­di­ence of thou­sands wait­ing to get the pa­per on Thurs­day is an ef­fec­tive ral­ly­ing force to over­come ob­sta­cles. The show must go on, as they say in an­other cre­ative in­dus­try, no mat­ter what stands in the way. And there’s al­ways some­thing.

Com­puter crash, cover story fall­ing apart, news break­ing. An out­break of the cold claim­ing vic­tims through­out the of­fice, the ar­rival of a defama­tion law­suit that de­mands ur­gent at­ten­tion, a cy­ber­at­tack mak­ing it hard to send the pa­per’s dig­i­tal pages to the press. Hur­ri­cane, snow day, salty fog.

Hol­i­days are a prob­lem, too, even though we can see them com­ing from months away. The bulk of our news­pa­per pro­duc­tion hap­pens Mon­day, Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, so a Na­tal Day Mon­day va­ca­tion or Re­mem­brance Day fall­ing on Tues­day means just two days to get the pa­per out in­stead of three. In Coast lingo, that’s a short week.

Then there’s the short­est week, which we are go­ing through as I write this. With New Year’s Eve Mon­day ef­fec­tively a day off, and Tues­day,.Jan­uary 1 the statu­tory New Year’s hol­i­day, we are left with just Wed­nes­day to get this is­sue of The Coast out—start­ing 2019 with a rare chance to act like a daily news­pa­per.

If you’re read­ing th­ese words, Team Coast came to­gether to pro­duce a pa­per un­der one of the tight­est dead­lines we’ve ever faced. It’s a hell of a way to start the new year. On the other hand, next week could be worse.

— Kyle Shaw

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