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July 18, 2014

McCartney review not yet in print: It’s coming Saturday

Schedules for producing the print edition of The Star vary widely from the website. And that means frustrated readers sometimes.

I have heard several messages such as this one I received today from one fan of Paul McCartney:

“I am absolutely furious that the Paul McCartney show I waited in line for over an hour for at Sprint Center Wednesday night wasn’t even deemed important enough for (The Kansas City Star) to review.”

This one is perfectly understandable. By the Friday after a Wednesday night show, if a review hasn’t yet run in print, it certainly seems like it won’t run at all. But McCartney’s concert simply hit at a particularly inopportune time in The Star’s Features department’s production schedule.

The hows and whys of newspaper printing are too complex for me to explain (or even really understand). But the bottom line is that there is only so much of what’s referred to as “press capacity” at any one time, and so production needs to be spread out over time in order for presses to be free to print the main news (A) and Sports sections as late as possible, starting around 10:30 p.m.

That means the less time-dependent sections such as FYI, Arts + Entertainment and House + Home are printed in advance. And that’s also why you’ll occasionally see a correction to an item in one of these sections printed on the same day that they run, along with the note, “FYI is printed in advance.”

Friday’s FYI section is one that goes to press particularly early on Thursday morning. Because the McCartney show didn’t get done until almost midnight, the review wasn’t finished the next morning until after Friday’s FYI had already been printed. So it will appear in Saturday’s section.

It’s been online since early Thursday. But if you’re reading this blog, you probably already knew that. By the way, The Star’s Timothy Finn raved about the show.

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