Two front pages
We ended up with two front pages this morning. Our latest edition had a front page that featured a photograph of the pallbearers carrying in the casket of Pope John Paul II. We secured that image at 1:30 a.m. and chased it onto our front page. A chase on our presses requires teamwork from the newsroom to the pressroom to circulation division. As the presses are rolling, we put a new plate on that has the new photograph we want on the front page and the press picks up that plate for the remaining newspapers still to be printed. It worked beautifully for us. Our earlier edition had a photograph of a young Pope John Paul II with his famous smile. The chase requires the newsroom staying open for business beyond 1 a.m. when the funeral mass began. Our TV critic Chuck Barney also stuck with the funeral mass and witnessed it on TV. He then filed his commentary to our web site at 4:30 a.m., once the funeral mass was over. Chuck's efforts and the efforts of our page 1 designer Chris Gotsill go way above and beyond the call of duty.