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IMPROVE EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING quality, service and productivity while reducing labor costs across multiple locations

Project Focus

  • Weekly Newspaper’s Advertising and Editorial Prepress Ad Order Entry and Pagination
  • Assess and redesign operations and workflows related to pagination, ad order entry, and editing
  • Prepare and coach a client team to complete the detailed operational redesign, including new workflows, staffing, scheduling, skills, and systems

Client Gains: Financial and Operating Benefits

  • 50% reduction of page handling during pagination process
  • Editors achieved a 25-30% gain in time, through realigned responsibilities that eliminated pagination tasks
  • 43% improvement in productivity (increased ratio of mastheads to editor from 1.6 to 2.3)
  • Organizational realignment to improve coverage, productivity, and quality across 25 weekly newspapers
  • Time available for editors to raise visibility in the community increased by 100%
  • Reduced staff by 11%

Key Changes that Supported Client Goals

  • Developed new model for editorial and advertising staff functional responsibilities
  • Trained, coached and supported 5 directors and team members to implement the new model
  • Developed benchmarks, procedures and practices; identified key indicators to report and measure activity; established processes for rate compliance reporting and overall communications; provided tools for balancing pages, deadlines and mastheads for pagination scheduling; and revised staff scheduling for ad order entry and graphics work.
  • Coached implementation team on the role of an implementation coach, using key indicators to manage, and conducting model orientations with staff
  • Established weekly, monthly, and quarterly planning and communications meetings
  • Centralized advertising order entry functions
  • Realigned reporting from an independent operational structure, with 20+ titles under three publishers at three locations, to an integrated functional structure for editorial, advertising and operations

Through her professional demeanor and PM skills the consultant was able to move a project work stream forward where other attempts had stalled out... and was able to create a sound transition and implementation plan which the team will carry forward...

State Human Services, Continuous Improvement Engineer