By Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2016-08-11 01:30:46
Wowza! What Happened to my Magazine? I WISH I HAD A HIDDEN CAMERA EMBEDDED INTO THE COVER OF THIS MONTH’S MAGAZINE. I’d truly love to capture the expressions of School Nutrition readers when this issue is delivered. First, it’s huge–a record-breaking 192+4C pages. (That’s publishing-speak for just shy of 200 pages, baby!) It also looks different—waaaay different! This is our first graphic redesign since August 2007. But it’s been even longer—January 2003—since we last made significant changes in our editorial mix of regular columns and features. It’s taken a lot of work to get here, and each member of the magazine team contributed clever ideas, insightful solutions to editorial and design problems (yeah, that’s a thing) and general enthusiasm about the direction we were heading. But as SN editor, I’m gonna let myself take a bow here, along with my 22-year-partner-in-crime Creative Director Cher Williams. Because when we flip through these 192+4C pages, we are both so excited about the results of our hard work and long (long) hours. Because although it was a stressful process, it was also enormously fun to reflect on what you, our readers, need in your monthly magazine. You need a publication that embodies who you are: your fun, warmth, expertise, creativity and professionalism. We’re introducing several new columns in this issue. Some will run every month; others will recur with less frequency. I hope you love the “Things We Love” (p. 146) as much as we do! We think it captures the spirit of SNA members, along with neat ideas to try. If you’re a manager, assistant manager or employee, turn to page 149 for a brand-new section written just for you! Along with the rest of SNA’s educational programming, we’ll be more intentional in planning our To Your Credit articles (p. 183), worth 1 CEU when you pass the accompanying quiz. And we have new formats for member profiles (“My Leadership Journey,” “Last Word”), resources (“This & That”) and news (“What’s Cooking” and “What’s Cooking @ SNA”). So, since I don’t have that hidden camera, I hope many of you will take a few minutes to tell us what you think. Email email@example.com, post comments on Facebook and visit us at the magazine booth at ANC in San Antonio. We’re eager for your feedback—and we thank you for inspiring us. Enjoy!
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