06.07.18: Educ8 me…Ed’s say
PS: If I’m not mistaken, some newspaper designer planted the decision for us go with the number/letter approach.
Our paper’s system is really logical. We print Number Letter. We have to save our eps and send to press as Letter Number. Because…reasons.•
FROM RANDY KECK:
We have a split personality on this issue. I had an editor several years ago who set it up as 8A, but I always felt it should be the other way around – section then page number (sort of like genus then species). So weeks, then months, then years go by, and we are still using 8A because that’s how our template is set up!
FROM JULIE HOLCOMBE:
At The Greer Citizen, we use A8, etc. In my mind, it makes sense because it follows an outline of sorts. But in truth, we probably do it that way because that’s the way it’s always been done.
Here’s what I say:
Readers are holding in their hands a section of your newspaper. Within that section is page 8 (or 2…or 5…or 7…or…). My position is to tell them first what section they’re in, then the page number. So: A8.
If your reader were visiting Yankee (or pretty much any other) Stadium, their seat would be numbered section first, then row number, then seat, as:
102 D 4
So, larger area…to smaller…to specific spot.
That’s my logic. I know some of you will disagree. That’s OK. As I like to say, jokingly: “It’s alright for you to be wrong.”
Seriously, thanks for your input on this one. I believe we’ve shown once again that there are different approaches and the one that works for you and your readers…works for you and your readers.