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Friday, July 07, 2006 

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That translates loosely to: I'm too tired to be of any use to anybody right now.

I'm in the middle of Frosh Guide production. The Frosh Guide isn't a regular newspaper, it's a publication sent to incoming students to the University. It's the fifth issue my staff and I put together before breaking for the summer. The previous four are a warm-up for this one.

I should explain a little more about my job so far this summer. I am the only editor here. I had to train my (excellent and quick learning) production staff. I have to find and edit all of the editorial copy. Then when all the ads have been sold (there's a deadline for those), I take the list of ads (& their specs), the list of stories (& their sizes and images), crunch numbers, move mental puzzle pieces and draw a mock-up of the paper.

That means I figure out how many pages of content I have, trim or add until I get a multiple of four (each sheet of newsprint is four pages), decide where colour needs to go and can go, and then draw a diagram showing where every ad and ever article goes in the paper.

The four warm-up issues were all 12 pages. There weren't many ads or articles and colour placement was simple (cover, back page and centre). Easy as pie.

The Frosh Guide will be 48 pages of content. Several ads were full colour (CMYK), about the same number were spot colour (black and one other selected colour) and the rest were all black. Colour (full colour or spot) can only go on certain combinations of pages based on where any particular page goes through the press.

It all seems very straight forward now, but a few days ago I didn't know the first thing about what those combinations were. Chris (a former holder of my current job and the current pre press manager at our printer) came in a few mornings ago to give me the crash course.

I finished the mock-up yesterday. It took many hours. Roughly eight. I actually enjoyed it.

Mocking up a paper is a big part of why I wanted this job. They didn't teach us how to do it at Humber, not really. Sure, we had to muck around with laying out our sections, but as valuable as that was it never involved any kind of colour placement considerations.

Anyway, I've still got a lot of copy editing to do, so I'm going to drink my coffee like a good corporate soldier (though this is a non-profit corporation) and get to it.

It'll actually be a good experiment. I'm still new to the whole coffee thing and I'm curious to see what it'll do to an adled brain.