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3 Questions with ... Mike O'Connor, Production Director, Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

3 Questions with ... Mike O'Connor, Production Director, Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News

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What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?

The ongoing challenge in the Texas Panhandle is finding exceptional candidates and then developing them into skilled press operators. Overcoming this challenge is an individual battle each time we need to fill an open position. We are competing in an economy that is thriving due to the resurgence of the oil and gas industry. Employing the best available candidate and matching them with an experienced operator for one-on-one training. Our production team executes the creative ideas of news and advertising so circulation can deliver a quality printed product every day.

Where do you see the future of print production?

The regional consolidation of newspaper printing will continue as well as the pressure to improve efficiency and quality. Instead of setting deadlines to always include the latest breaking sports results, newspapers will be stressing their reliability and credibility to deliver in-depth news, sports and advertising content. This also will mean that we need to continue our efforts to hire and maintain a high performing production staff to provide the quality printing and packaging sought by advertisers and publishers. …

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