As all our readers know, the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin didn’t arrive at the news stands or to our subscribers until very late last Thursday evening. First of all, may we express our deepest appreciation to our subscribers for your patience. And secondly, may we explain the problem.
You see, in an effort to keep up with modern technology, we changed out entire editorial computer system last week. Last Thursday was our test run, and sure enough, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong — including a power outage. Each and every reporter, editor, and production staff had difficulties last week. Sometimes we had our stories all written and typeset, then they disappeared from the screen and it took awhile to find them again.
We know that in last Thursday’s edition that when a story jumped from one page to the next, the jump was either missing a line or two or a few sentences were repeated. Some of our photos had frames around them, while others didn’t. Some of our text contained frames that should not have been there. And of course, some of our text ran too close to the headlines. The list of errors could go on and on and we’re sure that you, our readers, noticed many of them — especially those who wanted to know what was going to be on television. This morning, we are again struggling to get out tonight’s newspaper — and things are going better, but there are still a few glitches to work out. Sports editor Nick Drake currently has a message on his computer that he cannot continue his work because “too many computers” are logged onto the system. Managing Editor Mike Call is trying to help the reporters find stories we are still losing in the computer system. Mike is doing his best to keep all of us calm and focused on the task at hand, and we are trying our best to get our readers the news in a timely fashion — hopefully without freaking out in the process.
We especially feel bad the newspapers were so late last Thursday that our carriers had to pick them up and deliver them in the dark. We don’t like our carriers to be out after dark. Readers should also be aware that another reason the news coverage is not as thorough as usual is because we have lost one of our reporters, who has taken a job at another newspaper. Our other two reporters have been under the weather. It seems that the old axiom is true that “when it rains, it pours” — but perhaps that portends well for the drought.
So, please be patient with us. We’re going a little crazy here, but rest assured that it won’t be long before we figure out our new computer system, we’ll have a new reporter on board, and things will be back to normal.
Hopefully, if you’re reading this when you usually do, that means things went well today and we’re back on track to providing our readers with the best news coverage of Tooele County.