The end of the fall semester comes like a whirlwind. There you are, chugging along through the drudgery of November when Thanksgiving suddenly rolls around and gives you a welcome break. You take a few days off, eat some turkey, run around like a maniac on Black Friday, then return to school the next Monday ready to finish off the remaining three weeks of the semester.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a fan of Thanksgiving Break — for that matter, any break — as much as the next person. However, when you’re trying to publish a newspaper, breaks from school can cause problems.
No one is on campus during Thanksgiving Break—well, except for a few people. That’s great for students who want to relax at home and take a break from the grind, but for our writers, it causes a bit of a problem: They can’t do interviews. And since we try to have some journalistic integrity and don’t completely make up our stories (unlike this guy), we need to talk to people to do our job.
So you can see how Thanksgiving Break causes causes some issues for us. Since we essentially plan and work on two issues at a time, the break ends up taking a huge chunk out of our production cycle. Those three days off school might be nice, but they put our writers under pressure to conduct interviews and write stories in a short amount of time.
That in turn stresses out the editors, who have to extend deadlines for the stories and have less time to edit. By the time it’s all said and done, Thanksgiving Break throws a massive wrench in our plans.
Not that I’m complaining. I’d much rather be at home watching football and munching on leftovers than I would be at school. However, when you have to publish an online newspaper, Thanksgiving Break becomes a bit more problematic than it normally would be.
If only all problems were so relaxing … and delicious.