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New look, deadline coming for the Talespinner

By April Blumer | 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office | Aug. 23, 2007

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, TEXAS — Starting Aug. 31, the Lackland Talespinner¬† will be sporting a new look and feel, top to bottom.

Readers will notice a shorter, but thicker, easier-to-handle paper filled with more color, crisper photos, sharper text and improved ink quality, which translates to less newsprint rubbing off on one's skin and clothes.

Last year, Hearst Corp., the owner of the San Antonio Express-News since the early 1990s, purchased Prime Time Publishing Inc., the longtime publisher of the Lackland Talespinner. As a result of the purchase, the aged printing press at Prime Time Publishing is being retired.

As of Aug. 31, the Lackland Talespinner, as well as the Randolph Wingspread, Brooks Discovery, Kelly Observer, Fort Sam Houston Newsleader and Medical Patriot, will be placed in the run schedule on the same press as the Express-News, a Goss Colorliner press.

The press is configured to print tabloid- and broadsheet-size papers instead of the in-between size of today's Lackland Talespinner.

With a change to this press comes a change in when the base paper is scheduled to be printed. While the paper is still scheduled to hit the stands on Friday morning, the deadline for the paper to be ready for print has been moved up.

Consequently, effective immediately, all text and photos for publication are due to the newspaper by noon Thursday the week prior to scheduled publication. All information must be received by the newspaper staff eight days prior to the issue it which it should appear.

The newspaper staff is excited about these changes. We hope this gives us the opportunity to produce more Lackland-specific stories and photos, both for print and Web publication.

But we need your help. Please e-mail us when you have a story or photo idea. Whether it's a pie-in-the-face contest or an interesting hobby your Airman or family member is involved in, we want to know. Send your thoughts and comments to Talespinner@lackland.af.mil.