At last week’s status meeting I presented the flat-plan flip-chart to an attentive Newspaper Club, who had initially been pretty amused by the amount of elbow grease and felt tip pen that had gone into making it.
But it was a success. Having the entire process of making a newspaper, from uploading all of the elements to receiving an order, was actually a lot of use, and provided a nice breather before the closing stage of Alpha testing began.
It’s also hugely useful in constructing the guide. With a sideways glance I can start getting used to the scale of the pages and the space of the layouts, and flipping between sheets to check details and workflow seems the right way to work out how a newspaper comes together.
I’ll be stressing in the guide the importance – and pleasure – of printing a PDF preview of your newspaper. It gets you a little closer to the physical sensation of holding one, a huge benefit when thinking about layout and content. Plus it’s always better to mark mistakes with a big red pen before you’ve ordered 500 copies.