|Tiger Scouts Colin Drake, Matthew Digeso,|
Addison Sperry, Wade Fresh and Kyle Gordon
work on their communications patch
at The Saratogian Jan. 8, 2013.
Newspaper people love talking
about their business. Even with 6- and 7-year-olds. This evening a few of us at
The Saratogian got to talk about our work with a handful of Tiger Cubs in a
quest for their communications patch.
I think the most popular staffer
was graphic artist Holly Bowers, because part of her job is piecing together
the Sunday comics, with which almost all the kids were familiar.
Holly gets a sneak peak at
the daily and weekend comics and puts together the layers of drawings to create
a color image (learning the primary colors really does come in handy). “Bizarro”
is one of her favorites; mine, too.
One boy asked to snag a
comics section on her desk; another tried to read the Jan. 13 comics on Holly’s
screen. Not so fast, fellas. Tell your parents: two bucks on Sunday for that
and a lot more.
|Graphic artist Holly Bowers was popular with the|
Tiger Scouts, who got a preview of the Sunday comics
The kids were also enthralled
by Michael Cignoli and Christopher Maley in the sports department. The
youngsters knew their stuff — at least one followed the Phantoms, the American
Hockey League team in Glens Falls that Mike covers, and they were familiar with
some of the professional athletes Chris called up on his screen from The
They also had good questions
for photographer Ed Burke, who showed them pictures he took of skiers for an
Fifteen-plus years ago, a
Saratogian tour would include the printing press then in the basement and the
giant camera that was used to photograph pages; those negatives would then be
turned into metal plates to load onto the press.
Ever since we began transmit
pages electronically to the printing press in Troy, I started showing young
visitors the four-color metal plates that go on the press. But I didn’t bother
with them tonight, though the parents usually find them interesting.
|Chris Maley gives Tigers a peek at |
sports photos from the Associated Press.
These Tigers were familiar
with print newspapers, and all had been “in the newspaper” at one point or
another. But they were equally familiar with online newspapers. And iPads. And
Facebook. Some even knew Twitter.
The news consumers we are
grooming are comfortable with the Internet. They take it for granted. They will
not be nostalgic about inky hands with their morning coffee. But they will, I
am confident, want the news.
The Tigers went home with an
assignment: Prepare a “5 Questions” feature like the one that runs daily in The
Saratogian and email it to me for publication. It’s only right to do a little
journalism if you’re going to earn a communications patch.