Ithaca Journal goes to bed early

Ithaca Journal news assistant Kitty Hall tells me that the Gannett paper went to press at 11 p.m. (Its usual deadline is 8 p.m.) “We kind of knew [Obama] was going to win then, but we need to be really, really lockdown certain before we print it.” The president was declared the winner about 20 minutes after presses started rolling, she says. (AP called Obama the winner at 11:38 p.m. ET.)

The UNDECIDED headline “is one of the unfortunate things of the newspaper business,” says Hall. A few readers called to complain, she tells me, but “some people don’t understand; they think we print the paper in the morning.”

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