That’s right, folks. It’s 11 p.m. and I’m done with an Election Night paper.
It’s the first time in my career that I’ve been done with an Election Night paper before midnight. But an early deadline forced our hand today. The paper you see below is actually an updated version of our front page … done AFTER the deadline. Yes, we called Obama the President of the United States well before even CNN did.
But trust me. My hand was near the blinking red phone … the one you see in every editor’s office that signals “stop the presses.” I would have hit it immediately if Obama’s victory was ever in doubt.
In fact … 11 p.m.
ABC just announced Barack Obama the next President of the United States of America.
And no chance of a “Dewey defeats Truman” on the part of The Herald.
Hang on. Let me breathe a sigh of relief.
Election Night is always the most exciting, most stressful day in an editor’s year. Tons of preparation, tons of stories leading up to it, tons of speculation … and tons of frustration. All of it comes down to a few hours from the time polls close to the time your paper goes to press.
Tonight, for us, that was three hours. Polls closed at 7:30 p.m., and three hours later, you had a 16-page news section. Eight of those pages were election coverage.
I’m amazed we did it.
Another deep breath …
There were several highlights in The Herald newsroom, for those of you who’re curious what exactly transpires on the second floor at 208 St. Clair Ct. in downtown Sanford. Those highlights include:
• The R.V. Hight dance: We didn’t get this on video this year, but Brooke Wolfe was able to sneak in a few photos. You see, R.V. celebrates Election Day with something I can only describe as the “R.V. Shuffle.” It’s amazingly funny. As SOON as Brooke gets that photo saved … it will be on this site.
• The newsroom’s excitement: I guess you can refer to us as the liberal media … not all of us voted Obama, but I’d say more than 60 percent of the newsroom did. Needless to say, you had a happy group of people watching the results come in.
• The pizza: You can’t go wrong with Election Night pizza. And when Pappa John’s has an Election Night special … well, that’s doubly good.
I’m now watching John McCain’s concession speech … an amazing speech, by the way. I imagine I will go home and watch Obama’s acceptance speech. Then it’s off to bed.
Don’t forget, we’ll definitely be talking election tomorrow morning on The Rant … WDCC 90.5 FM from 8 to 9:30 a.m. (podcast on this site later in the day).
Here’s our front page. Good night, and good luck.