Talon Marks first production night of the print edition, a night filled with pressure to meet deadline under difficult conditions, took place Tuesday, Aug. 23.
Putting stories and photos on pages, addressing roadblocks and, last but not least, the long process of proofreading were no match for the staff as it pushed through the first of 11 print editions.
Philip Okoli, veteran staff member, proofreads a page. Each page has to be proofread before sending out to the printer to avoid errors or mistakes.
For a few staff members, this was their first production night, one filled with plenty of fun as well as hard work.
Production manager editor Victor Diaz, left, and new staffer Patrick Dolly share a few laughes. Not only was this Dolly's first production night, he had his first story published in print for Talon Marks, an opinion piece focused on students withdrawing from classes.
New staff member James Williams copy edits stories on production night. Williams has had experience working on a newspaper before, but looks forward to Talon Marks and the comradery of production night.
Production night was one of many trials and tribulations, especially for the editor responsible for the many different duties the night requires.
“It was a lot, to say the least,” Talon Marks Production Manager Victor Diaz said.
“I thought I had an understanding of what the production night was all about, until this Tuesday, considering that Tuesday night is when most of my work takes place.”
Diaz was all over the newsroom Tuesday.
“It’s a lot compared to last semester, when I served as online editor I didn’t really do much last semester because there wasn’t really much for me to do on Tuesdays, other than the occasional copy-editing and page design.”
“All in all, I think production night went pretty well.”
The shirt on News editor Anthony Hodge says it all, as he inputs proofreading corrections onto one of his pages. Hodge, who served on staff in spring 2011 and rose to assistant news editor, holds one of the toughest jobs on the staff.
Steven Quintana, opinion editor, works on a slideshow. This is one of many programs that the staff will build their skills with over the duration of the semester.
Meeting an unforgiving deadline can be stressful, especially on production night for leaders like Multimedia editor Stephanie Cobian. In foreground is new staffer Yurixhi Gutierrez, who, with this story "DREAM act becomes possibility for students," for the first time had her name in the print publication as a staff member.
Editor-in-Chief Pete Moye looks diligently over pages, trying to identify all issues and correcting them to receive the fabled "ice cream" from Advisor Rich Cameron. If the staff produces a paper with zero noun/pronoun, spelling and factual errors, Cameron promises to buy everyone ice cream. That day has yet to come, but Moye plans to make it happen for the first time.