Who came up with the idea? I asked editor-in-chief Trevor Mitchell.
All the credit for that has to go to our ad team — Brooke Partridge in particular came up with the idea, executed it and we all absolutely loved it.
Are students familiar with the game?
I’d played the game before, and I haven’t heard of any confusion — but I’m sure some people haven’t played it. We hope they still think it looks amazing.
Are the graduating seniors on your staff finding jobs?
I’m starting as a Cops and Courts reporter at the Springfield News-Leader right after graduation. Other members of this year’s editorial staff are working at The Christian County Headliner, a weekly newspaper, and 417, a local magazine in Springfield. We’ve had a pretty good run this year of finding jobs we love.
Update — Ad manager Sandy King writes in an email: “Trevor forwarded your email to me because the ad side of The Standard handles the special section covers. The ‘Operation’ idea was mine (I played it as a kid, too), but it was beautifully executed by our student graphic designer, Brooke Partridge. The game is still in production, and all my ad reps (who helped write the call-outs) were familiar with it.”