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September 28, 2013

B.J. RILEY: Special Progress sections spotlight growth in Wabash Valley

Inserted in your Tribune-Star today is our annual Progress edition, “Community Update 2013.” This is the fifth year we have put together this type of publication, an effort months in the making.

The objective of this special project is to highlight some of the great people, businesses and entities that are some of the driving forces in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley. These subjects are working to make our community a better place.

Each year around June, Editor Max Jones and Assistant Editor Susan Duncan meet to discuss content ideas and determine the focus of the edition. As you would expect, when they begin to review all the magnificent things happening in the area, it is difficult to decide which ones to target.

After the direction comes into focus, consultations are had with news reporters, who then go about their respective tasks, reporting and writing, and meeting daily and project deadlines. Photographers work alongside reporters to provide art elements to accompany the stories. The newsroom staff does a great job of putting together features on businesses and people that showcase their passion for this area.

Once their work was done, Tribune-Star features editor Alicia Morgan took over, putting together the stories and photos in an engaging design for the publication. She took great care in designing the edition — centered on the sectors of education, health, manufacturing/tourism and business — to maximize the presentation. Staff in our “editing corner,” as I call it, reviewed printouts of the pages prior to them being sent to the press.

The advertising department starts to solicit the ads in July, reaching out to area businesses and producing appealing ads that inform readers about the goods and services available to them. Our production department does a great job of creating ads for local businesses to help them tell their story.

Once the pages are ready to be printed, our press facility workers take time and care in the production process. Their skill of applying ink to the paper as it speeds through our press at 25,000 impressions an hour provides readers with the highest quality of product we can achieve.

Our packaging folks work diligently to insert this hefty edition into your Saturday paper without delaying delivery to the carriers. Your carrier worked a little harder this morning to deliver your newspaper, with the additional 48-page edition tucked inside.

The end result is the great product you received today. With approximately 40,000 words about local people and businesses in addition to photographs, interviews and quotes from nearly 200 people, our mission was to showcase this community and what makes it great. The Progress edition is also available to our all-access subscribers through their E-edition and can be viewed at www.tribstar.com.

I am extremely proud of this effort and the section that we present to you today. I am also very proud of the hard work of the staff throughout the newspaper operation here at the Tribune-Star. Every single employee had a part in this project, and it shows in the final result.

Terre Haute is a great community in which to live and work, and I am appreciative of being here. I am also honored to be a part of the Tribune-Star team and feel fortunate to work alongside these professionals.

I hope you enjoy this section as much as I do. Please let us know your thoughts and comments. Happy reading!

Tribune-Star Publisher B.J. Riley can be reached at 812-231-4297 and bjriley@tribstar.com.

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