The Post: No Longer Blurry

There may be fewer and fewer of you reading the Washington Post, but those of you who still do, will find a more pleasant and readable paper.

Fuzzy pictures, be gone!
Cut off columns, no longer!
Confusing rails and indices, halt! (Oh wait, they meant to do that…)

The Post is instituting a formal “Quality Control” process to help sort out any print errors in the paper edition. “[W]e have set up a committee to work on improving color reproduction and other quality control issues in the paper.”

Hey, I guess every bit counts…

Full release after the jump…


STAFF:

This is a note to let you know that we have set up a committee to work on improving color reproduction and other quality control issues in the paper. Many of you have commented on our reproduction in the critiques. Your observations have been appreciated, but we still need your help.

If you find examples of poor quality in the papers you receive at home or on the newstand, please bring them in and drop them in a box on the news desk labeled “QUALITY CONTROL.” The examples will be forwarded to the committee, where we will try to find solutions to those problems.

NEWS EDITORS and other PAGE DESIGNERS:

At the end of the night, please save your proofs from the color plotter and place them in a box on the news desk called “PAGE PROOFS.” This can help us later if we need to track down problems that appear in the paper the next day.

Also, there is something you can do right now to help with the photo toning process. We should only be toning the photos we plan to use, especially on deadline. The more photos there are to tone, the less time there is to spend working on each one, which impacts on overall quality. Some section front editors are sending as many as 12 or more images for toning even if they can’t possibly use them all. Anything you can do to help avoid a late crush of photos would be appreciated. If you send a photo to toning and then decide not to use it, please delete it.

It would also be helpful if you would add the page number the photo is going on in the naming of the photo, such as A1Iraq24p1.

If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to email me.

Karen Funfgeld
Assistant News Editor