In a long post made Sunday, Apple recounts the story of The Forum’s extraordinary efforts to serve readers a thousand miles away the night before a special sports section was to even insert into the paper. On Friday, The Forum printed a 14-page special section that not only inserted in the paper on Saturday, but was also printed in Texas and distributed at a pregame gathering at the stadium Friday night to thousands of North Dakota State University football fans. The Bison were in Frisco, Texas, to play in the NCAA Football Championship Series national title game for the second consecutive year.
Through the words of Forum Assistant Sports Editor Hayden Goethe and Forum Editor Matthew Von Pinnon, Apple recounts the story of the original idea being borne at The Forum’s morning news huddle last Friday, and then follows the story through the next hectic eight hours to make such an aggressive idea come true.
This is the fourth time in the past year that The Forum’s design efforts have received Apple’s attention on his blog. Apple also praised The Forum for having one of the best five front-page designs in the country on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic; another time for The Forum’s unique Page 1 graphic treatment of a tile drainage package; and another time for a Titanic package that rolled out in advance of the anniversary.
The Forum is owned by Forum Communications Co., a multimedia information company based in Fargo. Forum Communications owns dozens of newspapers, websites and television and radio stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.