One of the interesting challenges of creating a new kind of editing role, the graphics editor, was helping others in the newsroom see the importance of involving the visual folks early in the process. Roger Fidler, a like-minded design advocate in the 1970s, created the Newspaper Design Notebook, a magazine/newsletter to push the concept of better design, better editing and better visuals. He asked me to write an article about how the Chicago Tribune handled series and lessons other newspapers might learn from our experiences. Vol. 3/No. 2 was the last edition of the Newspaper Design Notebook. Pity.
Planning. Teamwork. Execution.
These are the elements for the successful handling of a newspaper series. Unfortunately, no matter how valid that concept, most series are put together by luck, guts and a prayer.