MOUNT VERNON — Friday marks the first night of Friday night football in Knox County. The only thing more anticipated than opening kickoff is Saturday morning’s game coverage in the Mount Vernon News. To make that happen, the News must adjust press and delivery time.

Typically, deadline to have the paper ready for a Saturday morning press time is midnight on Friday. Because of the extra time required to cover football games, that time has been adjusted to 2 a.m. In addition, it can take more than three hours to insert advertisements after the paper has been printed.
Because of the late press run that comes with Friday night sports, and advertisement insertions, delivery should be anticipated by 10 a.m., according to News Circulation Manager Michelle Hartman.

“Our goal every day is to deliver the News with consistency,” said Hartman. “We are making efforts in every department to better streamline the production process so that our readers have their paper as soon as possible on Saturday mornings.”

Not only will this change effect home delivery, those who are accustomed to purchasing the News from the vending machines across Knox County will also see a delay when the machines are restocked.
“We realize football has a tremendous following among our readership,” said Hartman. “Creating a balance of timely coverage of Friday’s games and the delivery service our customers have come to expect is important to us.”

Hartman also stressed the change in deadline will require some adjustment for the carriers — both walking and motor routes — as bundles will not be available as early as in the spring and summer months.

“Our carriers are the crucial link between our office and our consumers. Changing our press and delivery times requires a change in their normal routine as well so we will all be making adjustments over the next 10 weeks or so,” said Hartman.

Football season is not the only change the News sees when school starts.

“The carriers on our walking routes have returned to school and will probably be bringing papers to doorsteps later than during the summer months. We ask our readers to be patient as these young boys and girls adjust to their new schedules,” Hartman said.

Changing our press and delivery times requires a change in their normal routine as well so we will all be making adjustments over the next 10 weeks or so,” said Hartman.

Football season is not the only change the News sees when school starts.

“The carriers on our walking routes have returned to school and will probably be bringing papers to doorsteps later than during the summer months. We ask our readers to be patient as these young boys and girls adjust to their new schedules,” Hartman said.

 

Samantha Scoles: 740-397-5333 or samantha.scoles@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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