Eye of the Hurricane

April 19, 2010

A trip to the newsroom

I’d call it irony.

As I left The Miami Hurricane‘s newsroom around 1 a.m. on Monday, we had just spoken to Pablo at The Miami Herald.

He’s our go-to guy when it’s deadline and we’ve placed our PDFs onto Fetch.

In decipherable English that means that we send digital files of what we want our paper’s pages to look like so that the Herald can print the issue for us.

Little did I know that less than 12 hours later I would be walking on the same ground that Pablo did, as the five printing presses (ok, probably just one for us), worked their magic.

A small 15-person staff in an even smaller office on the second floor of the University Center was able to get a paper published in time for the University of Miami community.

That’s why walking through the newsroom on Monday was pretty mind-blowing.

Sure, when I volunteered at the Sony Ericsson Open I had never seen more 20th-century television screens in my life, but this was different.

Rows and rows of desks. Piles and piles of paper. The magnitude of it all was impressive.

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to keep track of such a large operation. It’s challenging enough as the managing editor of our 15,000+ circulation.

Next time I hear someone talking bad about the paper, I’ll be sure to direct them to the building right near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Maybe then they’ll gain some perspective and realize how miraculous it is just to get a paper each morning.


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