Stop the Presses!

Okay, not really. The presses weren’t actually running while we were visiting the newspaper building.

Six families from our homeschool group attended the tour. We saw cubicles where the advertising department and reporters work; we met one the photographers and a few of the people who are responsible for the paper’s layout. We learned about how the editors meet each day to decide what stories and photos need to go into the next morning’s edition.

The paper uses an offset press. The paper is (burned? set? I forget the exact term they used) onto aluminum lithograph plates. Then the plates go onto huge rollers, transferring the words and images; the rollers transfer the image onto the newsprint.
From the lithograph area, we headed across to the distribution area where the papers are cut, folded, stacked, and readied for delivery.

Then it was down a narrow flight of stairs into the basement of the Messenger-Inquirer building where they store these enormous rolls of newsprint which weigh 500 pounds each!

When we were done, Mr. Rocco from the Newspapers In Education department handed out a “Messenger-Inquirer” coloring book to each student. It was a really fun field trip!

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