Among the people who contribute to Update magazine, Tom Carlin, owner and general manager of Ag Press, has one of the most crucial roles. Carlin, a 1972 alumnus, is involved in the printing, publishing and distribution of the magazine when it is complete.
Ag Press is a full-service printing facility that was opened by Dean Coughenourin 1954 in Manhattan, Kan. The company prints everything from calendars to catalogs. Coughenour remains active, but day-to-day operations are managed by Carlin, who joined the firm in 1986.
According to Carlin, the most important part is to be on the same page as the magazine class produces Update.
“The key part is matching what the class has approved,” Carlin said. “That’s why it is important for the artists to be here.”
For more than 10 years, Carlin’s involvement with Update has added a special touch to the magazine. Carlin said he reads the magazine while it is on the production line.
“I take an extra personal interest in that job and make sure everything goes well with Update,” Carlin said. “If there are problems, they are caught by the artists.”
Carlin said although he has never personally averted any mistakes, he is proud of the artists involved because of their role in the publication’s success.
“Artists make sure top quality is achieved,” Carlin said. “It helps that I have a personal interest.”
Most of Carlin’s business with Update involves working alongside the class’ students. This is in addition to the students’ time spentcommunicating with alumni and working with other classes to develop content.Carlin was excited to hear that Andy Nelson, R.M. Seaton Chair and digital media sequence chair, is still involved through his photojournalism.
“I think K-State has always had a strong photojournalism aspect,” Carlin said. “Andy has always made a strong contribution through his students.”
When the magazine class completes their initial design of the final product, the files are sent to the artists at Ag Press. The files are then sorted and double-checked for any inaccuracies or problems.
Once the artists approve the files, they print proofs to show the magazine class, on paper, what the final product will look like. This is the final viewing for the class. The next time the students see the magazine, it will be on the presses.
The last step in the process is addressing the label before the publication is sent to 5,500 alumni and friends.