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The Woman of 1,000 Faces

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

The Woman of 1,000 Faces

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Editors at The Register-Mail of Galesburg, Ill., didn't want the shutdown of the town's 50-year-old Maytag refrigerator plant to be reported with just the usual tribute. So when production ended in mid-September, sending hundreds of workers to the unemployment line, the paper sought to reflect the loss with a four-part series detailing the stories behind those losing jobs, the plant's history and hiring prospects in the area.

But the true image of the story came out in the ambitious four-page wrap that ran with the first installment of the series Sept. 15. The wrap offered a front-page photo of 15-year Maytag employee Diane Guldenzopf, formed from smaller images of 134 other Maytag employees, all slated for layoffs. The remainder of the page listed many of the laid-off employees' names. "The goal was to literally put more of a face on the Maytag closing," said Register-Mail Publisher Don Cooper.

The plant shutdown had already resulted in the loss of 600 jobs, according to Editor Tom Martin. …

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