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September 08. 2013 9:41PM

Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Editions get redo, Loeb school biggie nears


 

Suddenly, it got to be September and grandsons Ike, Mike and Spike are in various versions of school, pre-school and reform school. The Nackey Loeb School's big event is in two months. The folks who print our newspaper are improving the process. And we are about to revise our daily editions.

Meanwhile, a friend wonders if the protesters who held up their red-stained hands while John Kerry was testifying last week used Heinz Ketchup. That would be ironic, he says, considering that Kerry is married to a Heinz widow.

Of the hearings themselves, my friend said, we should never forget that we live in a country where you can protest in an open fashion like this without being beaten with clubs.

The Nackey Loeb School reminds people of this regularly. The school offers free courses in news writing, information gathering and the First Amendment. Its main fundraiser is its First Amendment honors event, which this year is a lunch in Manchester on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

ABC Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos will be the featured speaker. Since he doubles as host of ABC's Sunday "This Week" program, he should have a few things to say about freedom of speech. Details at www.loebschool.org.

Grandson Ike hasn't studied at Mrs. Loeb's school, yet. But he started first grade last week. I hope he learns better bargaining skills than he showed recently.

Wanting to stay overnight at the grandparents, he offered this plan to his mother.

"If you let me stay here, Mama, I won't cry when you leave."

Sounded a lot like, "Here's your hat, what's your hurry?" to me.

After a summer of sorting out printing and distribution issues with our new printer, we have been in a hurry to revise our daily editions in order to get in more local coverage for more areas.

We expect to do that within the next week. After our State Edition run, which continues to circulate "From Coos to the Sea," we will publish a Southern New Hampshire Edition. It is designed to better feature local coverage in Nashua, Derry, Londonderry and elsewhere in the southern tier.

That edition will be followed by the Greater Manchester Edition.

The trick, as always, will be to include the top news stories in all three editions. Please give us a few weeks and then let us know how we are doing.

Write to Joe McQuaid at publisher@unionleader.com or via Twitter at @deucecrew.


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