The sight of one being whipped out and flipped open is a sure sign that somebody is about to write down something important.
GET IT, BUT GET IT RIGHT For years, people have been asking us to make a Reporter’s Notebook. We tried a couple times, but we never seemed to be able to get it just exactly right. After all, the Reporter’s Notebook is an iconic American object. From The Front Page to All the President’s Men to Spotlight, the sight of one being whipped out and flipped open is a sure sign that somebody is about to write down something important. So, when veteran reporter John Dickerson, host of CBS’ Face the Nation, wrote us out of the blue and asked us to make one – and offered to help – we knew our deadline was approaching.
FOR THE RECORD We’re proud to present our 31st limited release: The “Byline” Edition, for Summer 2016. You’ll find they’re excellent for taking notes at work or in class. They’re Wire-O-Bound and lay flat, so they’re perfect on your desk or kitchen counter, or on that table near the door where you always leave your keys. And of course, if you’re getting the scoop on deep-background from an anonymous source for your next big front page story, well then, the “Byline” Edition is just the ticket. As usual, the inside covers are jam-packed with helpful information.
We studied existing Reporter’s Notebooks and updated and improved just about every facet of the design. Classic Reporter’s Notebooks have always felt a touch clumsy in our hands. We’ve trimmed the width a hair to make it easier to write with one hand while holding it with the other. We’ve created a cover which protects the wire binding, so it doesn’t get caught on fabric or stuff in your backpack. Traditional notebooks are Gregg-ruled which, to our eyes, is too wide and too dark. We’ve moved to a lighter Collegiate ruling. The diameter of the binding has been customized, as have the die-cut holes that the binding passes through, for maximum “flippability.” A handy pocket has been added to the back cover which makes for a thicker and more stable hand-held writing surface, and also gives you a place to stash a shred of evidence or a receipt for the cocktails you bought to ply a reluctant witness.