Happy holidays?

November means Thanksgiving for many of us . . . turkey and the trimmings, pumpkin pie and so forth. Having […]

A photo of a turkey

November means Thanksgiving for many of us . . . turkey and the trimmings, pumpkin pie and so forth. Having enjoyed the Thanksgiving holidays over the years with various friends and family members, I’m always struck by how people celebrate by what they eat.

People bring their traditional dishes to new tables and new settings. I once worked in a newsroom where we worked holidays. We often brought in our holiday meal. No matter what the potluck event was, one staff member always showed up with a giant bowl of homemade guacamole. And it was not good guacamole.

Most of us were raised to be grateful and express gratitude for gifts large and small. I was grateful that the guacamole didn’t hide inside of the turkey one Thanksgiving.

With that culinary memory, here’s some holiday reminders.

Thanksgiving starts a parade of dates to note. There are more than a dozen faith-focused holidays in December, along with many other cultural events. That means people often get busy with celebrations and events, as well as the year-end activities for businesses and organizations.

In the newspaper world, Thanksgiving and the various December holidays mean being mindful of our deadlines. Planning ahead can help everyone and can make our print production process for Access Press flow more smoothly.

Holidays can create a real crunch for places that work on deadlines. That’s especially true for a paper like Access Press. Almost all of us who work on the paper live with disabilities and are not full-time staff. We want to accommodate everyone yet we have to work around our own life issues.

We also know that people take off for vacations or have time off to use up by year’s end. Check your ad and news needs off of your list before leaving the office, and that helps everyone.

Our print deadline for news items is always the 15th of the month. If that falls on a weekend, we can accept news items the following Monday.

We accept ads by that date, too. By the 15th of each month, we’d like to know your ad space needs. That is, what size will your ad be?

The content of the ad itself, or what we call the creative materials, has several more days to come in. Go to https://accesspress.org/advertising/ and click on the ad rate card PDF for details.

Emergencies come up and sometimes people need more a little more time to get news or ads in. We need to hear from you as quickly as possible if those occur, so that we can plan for your needs.

And remember, we do offer the option of online advertising and events listings, so that offers flexibility for your news and advertising needs outside of print deadlines.

The advertising link shared above can also be used to connect you to the Access Press Directory listings and classified ads.

My all-encompassing holiday wish as an editor is that you plan ahead so we don’t leave your news and ads out of the December and January issues of Access Press. We’ll skip the guacamole but best wishes for all to have a good holiday season.

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