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Magazine article Editor & Publisher

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

I have been leading a project to install a brand-new printing press into a newly acquired building and combine all of our operations into that facility. We had been operating out of one of the most antiquated newspaper facilities in the U.S. We were still printing on letterpress equipment and had multiple inefficiencies. Installing new press equipment and combining all of our operations under one roof was just part of the challenge. Even more challenging was moving people and changing culture. We have a heavily unionized workforce with work practices that had been in place for decades. Lines were literally painted on the floor to indicate jurisdiction. When we moved everyone into the new facility, we wanted to leave a lot of those "bad habits" behind. We went live on Sept. 8 last year and continue to actively keep change as part of our new culture.

Where do you see the future of print production?

Pittsburgh is still a very good region for print. But even as the more traditional print circulation for the masses continues to decline, we are seeing more requests for specialized niche publications that target specific groups or areas. …

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