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3 Questions with ... Dru Stewart, Production Manager for Prescott Newspapers, Inc

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

3 Questions with ... Dru Stewart, Production Manager for Prescott Newspapers, Inc

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

Personnel will always be my greatest, most important challenge because they have such an impact on everything that is important to the operation--quality, productivity, maintenance, morale. I am fortunate that we have a solid full-time staff in all departments. However, we also rely heavily on part-time employees, who can be unpredictable and/or unreliable in both attendance and performance. The biggest help has been hiring and promoting from within. I am currently thinking about implementing a mentoring program for new employees.

Where do you see the future of print production?

Anything that improves the product for our customers while making it viable for the printer. The newspaper industry's trend for Web width reduction and lower basis weight has given both the consumer and advertiser an inferior product. Yet, as we have been doing this, we have also been struggling to retain their business. On paper, we are saving money, but what is actually happening is that we are giving our customer a more inferior product. …

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