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Outlaw News: How the Weekly comes to be

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By Emily Stifler Managing Editor’s sister publication, the Big Sky Weekly, is an ever-evolving beast.

That’s the nature of news, after all – it happens, whether you’re looking or not. At the Weekly, we just happen to be looking.

But how does it all come together?

In an ideal world, we’ve planned the stories on a shared Google Document months in advance, knowing what’s happening in this corner of the world before it occurs – our ears are to the ground, and tips come in daily from concerned citizens, business leaders, freelance writers/photographers and press releases.

As we research, interview, write, photograph and edit these pieces, our goal is to have the best, most accurate information.

Sticking to proper word-count and to our due dates is imperative: If my feature story is late, for example, it will throw off my co-editors, who may be working on a breaking news piece. The designer will be waiting for it, as well, and might have to shuffle other pieces around if the planned word count is off. This is the same for advertising deadlines.

Assuming everything is in on time, each story is reviewed by two to three editors, and then sent to our page designer via the Internet program, Dropbox. There, she links it to an In-Design file and works her magic, fitting text to space and working in photos.

From there, the files are sent to Great Falls where Rivers Edge Printing and Distributing prints the papers and FedEx’s them to Belgrade.


Upcoming due dates:

April 12 Weekly – content due April 3
April 26 Weekly – content due April 17
May 10 Weekly – content due May 1

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Megan Paulson is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Outlaw Partners.

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