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Gloria was the glue that kept newsroom together

November 11, 2000

Gloria was the glue that kept newsroom together



Running a newsroom is great fun, but it's not an easy job.

For more than 20 years, Gloria George has played a key role in the local news that's been published in our papers.

First, as Tri-State editor, she directed a staff that covered news in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Frederick County, Md.

She went on to serve as assistant managing editor and managing editor of The Morning Herald.

For the past five years she has served as executive editor, the top editor at the newspaper. She was ultimately responsible for everything in The Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and the weekend newspapers that wasn't an advertisement or on the editorial page.

A few of her duties included hiring reporters, planning election coverage, determining what comics to run and making sure the newsroom hit deadlines. It's also her job to make sure the stories are fair, complete and accurate.

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Under her leadership, the newsroom was recognized consistently by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association for its excellence.

Most important, though, she did what a good editor does: advocate for the reader and the reader's interest.

Gloria went to bat for readers when local governments decided to close meetings to the public for reasons she believed were not in the community's best interest. She pursued stories she believed the community should be aware of.

She could organize news and photo coverage during a breaking news story better than anyone I've ever worked with.

I've seen her work with young reporters, turning choppy, disorganized sentences and paragraphs into crisp, news stories.

I've seen her take a handful of photos and captions and design a page worthy of a glossy magazine.

She has given her all making The Herald-Mail newspapers the best they can be.

Gloria will be leaving Hagerstown and The Herald-Mail at the end of this week. Our loss will be the Sarasota, Fla., Herald-Tribune's gain.

Gloria has served our readers, our community and our newspaper well.

Thank you for a job well done.

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Election nights for newspaper reporters and editors are a bit like Christmas Eve and April 15, tax day, all rolled into one.

There is an air of excitement and anticipation. You have the great opportunity to watch and report on democracy at work, whether it's a presidential race or school board campaign.

On the practical side, there is a lot of work to do, and not a lot of time to do it.

Newspaper editors try to get the most up-to-date, accurate information in the paper while adhering to the constraints of deadlines and press starts.

The Morning Herald adjusted its deadlines by 30 minutes to give our staff more time to deal with the crush of last-minute information.

But in this case, the extra time didn't help us with the presidential race, as it sometimes does.

Our headline on the front page Wednesday morning - "Tossup" - was the best we could do given the information at hand.

But what an accurate headline it turned out to be.

The one definitive aspect of Tuesday's election is that we may never see another one quite like it in our lifetime.

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