In its basic form, a planning tool is used to say something like
"reporter Jim's story about the governor should go in 2 columns, 8
inches on page 3 of Tuesday's edition." This allows the paginators to
start work on page 3 of Tuesday's edition and set aside the space (or
"slot") that will be needed for the governor story, independent of
whether or not Jim has written this story yet.
Chuck Johnson is the Jazbox Product Manager at MediaSpan Group Inc. He is responsible for the development and support of the Jazbox product suite on all platforms and combinations, including Windows and MacOS X, Solaris and AIX, and both Informix and Oracle.
In Chuck's current role he is involved with every aspect of the Jazbox product, from customer issues to new development, from internal training to product documentation. He acts as a system architect for major additions to the Jazbox suite, and he oversees a team of very experienced developers.
Chuck started as an editorial software engineer for Harris Controls and Composition back in 1990, which eventually evolved into today's MediaSpan Group Inc. He has been a developer and designer for Jazbox, Newsmaker, IQue, the 2100, and the PLS 8900, and he remains fluent in many (computer) languages. He has previously served as a product lead on the XP21 server product, and as a development project lead many times.
Chuck enjoys discussing politics, listening to live rock music, racing his Mustang, and his two cats. Chuck's wife likes the music and the cats.