The University News staff continues to receive accolades for producing the special edition of News & Events featuring the announcement of RIT’s ninth president, William Destler.
So, just how did we manage to produce that special edition—prepped and ready for distribution during the March 5 news conference? Looking back, the whole process was very exciting—and it took a lot of man hours from Paul Stella, Mike Saffran, Pete Bella and myself. Although a portion of the issue was planned in advance, we knew it was “crunch time” when the two final candidates were selected. I’ve never worked in a newsroom—but the office had what I think was a newsroom “feel.”
We burned the midnight oil (sort of) and were prepared for either scenario.
The special edition came together thanks to meticulous planning, careful notetaking, strategic photo opportunities and countless hours of production and editing.
The issue was perfect, in my opinion. And I was proud to be a part of the team that produced a breaking-news piece that was distributed immediately following the announcement. I know that all news can’t be breaking news, but it feels great to produce an outstanding “eleventh hour” publication like our special edition.