Monday, May 11, 2009

TNH by the numbers: Part 1

If you picked up our year in review section last Friday, you may have noticed the little breakdown of just how much content TNH has produced over the year. But just to reiterate, here's our year, by the numbers.

  • TNH has produced 52 issues since Sep. 12, 2008. The '08/'09 staff was also responsible for producing freshman issue for orientation week, the dining guide for Family Weekend, the special Election Day pullout, the Year in Review, and the (soon-to-be-published) Summer Issue '09.
  • Over 150 people have contributed to the production (writing, editing, or photography) of TNH since September. The list we give SAFC only has the two dozen names of our paid staffers, but we would be nothing without our hundreds of contributers. From journalism students who had to contribute an article for their class, to freshmen looking for a place to fit in, to upperclassmen that were just interested in trying their hand at journalism; our contributers make TNH of the most highly-participated organizations at UNH.
  • Over 740 articles were written by TNH writers since September. That's an average of over 14 bylines an issue. 
  • TNH's editors paginated over 1,100 newspaper pages over the last year. 
I'd like to make a quick point about those last two statistics. One of the criticisms we often receive is that we run too many Associated Press or UWire articles in the paper. Going back through some issues that year, there were some that were really heavy with out-of-house content. However, it's my belief that one of our job's at the paper is to teach aspects of journalism that are not taught in the UNH journalism program. One of those things is the use of programs like InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. During the time our news editors are preparing those 14 articles to be fit for copy and layout, our paginators built their skills by putting together wire pages. I'll take the increase in skills (and a couple extra pages of news) over having people sit around in the office complaining there's "nothing to do" any day. 

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