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Changes in Print Made before Print Facility Changes

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Changes in Print Made before Print Facility Changes

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The Des Moines (Iowa) Register is doing some fall planting in preparation for a spring harvest.

While that may sound backward, it's actually the newspaper's way of moving forward to next spring's introduction of a new 52- million dollar printing facility. By starting to make design and content changes now, said Editor Dennis Ryerson, the paper can use the coming months to make adjustments if necessary and then concentrate on the "technical aspects" involved in the press conversion.

The first changes, unveiled Oct. 25, are on the Register's Page One and section fronts. They include:

* An index in the left-hand column of each front page to help guide busy readers through the paper. The index mentions items in the section, a story coming the next day, and content on the paper's Web site (http://www.desmoinesregister.com).

* Several features that previously ran at the top of each section's front page moved to the left-hand column. These include "Iowa Close-up" and "TV's Best Bet," among others.

* Corrections and clarifications, previously on Page 2A, are now on the front page of the section where the mistake occurred. …

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