Our favorite newsroom “holiday” approaches.
I don’t mean Halloween, though we’re all pretty excited about that, too. I’ve heard some talk of costumes and plenty of chocolate.
I mean Election Day.
On most holidays, you get the day off work to spend with friends and family. But on this particular holiday, we work the hardest we do all year and spend time with our newsroom family.
We’ve been planning for this night for months, deciding how each race will be covered and who will be responsible for what story. Reporters have become familiar with the candidates, either through the course of their service or through interviews for candidate profiles. As the day approaches, everyone is given their assignments for the evening and they begin to contact the candidates to ask that very important question: How can we reach you once the returns are in?
We plan for the space we’ll need to bring you all the coverage from the races you care about, from national to city elections. We plan for special graphics to show how the returns came in county by county or precinct by precinct. We decide where to “play” each story. We ask ourselves which races mean the most to our readers and we highlight them accordingly.
And then Election Day comes.
We all start to arrive in the office after 3 p.m. I have my own little ritual. Before coming into the office, I take the kids to the precinct with me when I vote. I want them to understand that Election Day is more than just a day off from school. I want them to understand how important it is to cast your vote, whether it’s a presidential election year or a special bond call.
Our favorite newsroom “holiday” approaches.
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