The most recent issue of the Danvers (Mass.) Herald, handled in the Framingham Design House.
After a month of going live, we have gone up to 62 titles produced in the Framingham and Rockford Design Houses.
On June 18, Rockford launched a New York group of publications: The Evening Tribune in Hornell, The Wellsville Daily Reporter, their shared Sunday edition called The Spectator and a weekly, the Genesee Country Express.
In the last two weeks, Framingham launched more New England weekly products: Georgetown, Medford, Newburyport, Arts&More, Reading, Malden, Wakefield, Swampscott, Melrose, Beverly and Danvers.
It will be a quieter week as July begins in Framingham because of the holiday, but not so for Rockford with its dailies.
Both Design Houses are looking ahead to August and September, with hiring still in progress, launch calls under way and job fairs on the horizon again.
With a month under our belts, we've already done assessing and adjusting of the process. Two highlights include:
-- We've refined our template for the Note to Design House, a foundation document (a page-by-page road map, really) that lets newspaper editors tell us what they want in their paper. The most important addition is noting whether stories are already in, or if not, when the ETAs are. This alerts the Design House on what to expect when and avoids needless inquiries to editors about missing content.
-- We've expanded the regional training deck to cover more ground that better prepares newspapers for the Design House transition. This includes a checklist editors can use to make sure they've done everything they need to per edition, as well as more specific instructions on how to prepare elements like rails and skyboxes.
The Spectator is a shared Sunday newspaper for Hornell and Wellsville, N.Y. This edition was done by the Rockford Design House.