December issue of Government Video complete

All the articles are done, and the pages are being laid out.
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Distance learning control room at IBM-Thornwood

With the work and distraction from last week's GV Expo behind me, I was able to get all the articles and photos pulled together for the December issue of Government Video magazine. We have several interesting items in the December issue, including a commentary on public access TV, two articles on distance learning, a good look IP cameras for surveillance and an overview of video asset management used by government operations.

Above is one of the photos from this issue... it's a distance learning control room used by IBM around 1990, where I worked well before my editorial experience.

I may have mentioned this, but one of the trickiest parts of the editorial process isn't the articles. It's the pictures. The freelance writers that I use are all fine writers and I don't wish to denigrate them, but the fact is that it is relatively easy to find competent writers. It is much harder to find competent writers who can also dig for usable photos to accompany articles. Unless I have at least one good photo, I can't publish the article.

Therefore, writers who find usable photos are much more valuable to me than writers who simply turn in good copy. If you are thinking about suggesting or writing an article for me (or any other editor), keep photos in the front of your process. They are so often pushed aside until the deadline, then there's a mad scramble to get a photo. Sometimes, this is accompanied with an attitude of, "I got you the article... what more do you want?" That's not good for any of us, and it won't help readers if the article can't be published for lack of a photo.

In any event, that's some of what I consider for an issue of a magazine. In my experience, other editors mostly have the same photo requirements.

Bob Kovacs