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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Archive for the ‘Producing a monthly magazine’ Category

An operose project

I am a longtime subscriber to Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day. This was the definition that popped into my in-box yesterday morning: operose OP-uh-rohs, adjective: 1. Done with or involving much labor. 2. Industrious, as a person. It’s not a commonly used word. In my 30-plus years as an editor I’ve never run across it. The […]

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Thinking "different" on the day Steve Jobs died

Through no one’s fault but my own, I lost a month’s worth of work and email. I am typically very compulsive about weekly backups on my laptop. But in early September I found myself distracted by company in town, a busier-than-usual social life and beautiful, cooler weather in which to pursue adventures on my bicycle instead […]

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A welcome "thank you," just for doing our job

Friday afternoons are typically very quiet at our office. For those of us who crave uninterrupted time to check things off our respective “to do” lists, it’s the best time of the week. Last Friday, there was an unexpected bit of activity in our front reception area as a smiling gentleman arrived with a huge […]

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An older, wiser mom

My son Andy’s birthday is today. He’s 26 years old. The number makes me gasp. My thoughts are pulled back to the weeks surrounding his birth. The mystery, the worry, the pain — and the utter joy. And the vague recollection of a newspaper article that appeared when he was just five weeks old. Before […]

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Toe-tapping fun with "Live to Dance" finalist Kendall Glover

When I saw the press release, I immediately forwarded it to my 11-year-old niece, Mandy Davis. TV Dance Sensation Kendall Glover to Appear at FOX 10 Dance Day Benefiting Phoenix Children’s New Family-Friendly Fundraising Event Boasts Great Entertainment and Fun for Everyone Mandy attends the same school as Kendall, who propelled herself into the national […]

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Photographing grieving fathers

A guest blog by Raising Arizona Kids staff photographer Dan Friedman For our June issue, I photographed four dads who had lost children for Mary Ann Bashaw’s story, “Fathers Reflect on Grief.” I wasn’t sure how the four dads would react to me tracking them down by email and telephone to make arrangements to take their […]

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Affirmation — and a challenge — from colleagues in the press

Last night, the Arizona Press Club honored journalists from statewide publications large and small with awards for exceptional work in reporting, writing, photography and design. Raising Arizona Kids was among the publications honored. Writer Mary L.Holden was recognized in the Non-Metro Writing/Social Issues Reporting category for her April 2010 story, “Casting a Light on the […]

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Powered by interns

When you run a small media company like ours, maintaining a steady stream of capable interns is the difference between muddling through and really moving forward. When you can confidently offload some of the routine tasks involved in creating and editing content for publication (for print and web), you finally find time to tackle the […]

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Proofreading lessons

Is it kid’s meals or kids’ meals or kids meals? That was the sticking point in November, when we published our annual “Kids Eat Free” directory. Today, as I assembled seven proofreaders’ corrections to our June issue, there were questions about colons, capitalizations and hyphens. One of my proofers noticed inconsistencies in how we were […]

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A pleasant detour

I’m usually pretty eager to get straight home on a Friday night but this time I decided to make an extra stop. I had spent all afternoon getting caught up on recent contests we host through RAK Giveaways. I updated our list of winners on the website and emailed everyone to let them know their […]

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