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Pop quiz, hotshot. It’s the night your paper goes to press and you have four feature stories. Three of them haven’t come in. The reason? The reporters don’t want to finish them.
What do you do? Well, if you’re Dave Weigel and Michael Hoes, you stay up till 7 a.m. generating those stories from your reporters’ notes and laying them out in a semi-legible fashion. You punctuate the time by cursing your shiftless staff and cackling over who you can demote or screw over. And you send out a budget for the next week as soon as you get a chance on Thursday.

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