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Title UPA A Century Later
Subject Newspapers; Newspaper publishing; Journalism
Creator Utah Press Association
Publisher Utah Press Association
Contributors Cornwell, J. M.
Date 1996
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Identifier PN4844.U8 U8 1996
Source Original Book: UPN A Century Later
Language eng
Rights Management Digital image copyright 2005, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
Holding Institution University of Utah
Source Physical Dimensions 14 cm x 21.5 cm
Metadata Cataloger Kelly Taylor
ARK ark:/87278/s6319w0z
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416710
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z

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Title ChapterFourteen-Page265
Description CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Lure Of Newspapering From its earliest days until what has subsequently been described as "The Offset Revolution," producing a small-town weekly newspaper was seldom easy. And, with few exceptions, it was not a path to riches. Ben Blackstock, general manager of Oklahoma Press Association, emphasized that point in a 1964 talk. "Only the misinformed hold to the idea that publishing a newspaper is an easy way to get rich," he said. "Making a profit on either a daily or weekly newspaper is a demanding task in the many skills it requires." But as Price historian Mrs. Sheldon (Edith) Allred once observed, while tracing the history of the Sun-Advocate, that community's weekly, "The incurable itch of writing possesses many." Being a newspaperman or woman truly is demanding, as Blackstock said. And it was even more so in an earlier time. Probably it's a trifle easier today than in years gone by, when it was indeed a harsh taskmaster. The time schedule was unforgiving because production was torturously slow. Hands, not machines, were everywhere in the process. Writers produced their copy with pencils or quill pens before the typewriter came into common use. Type was laboriously set, one individual character after another. Copies made from that type after it was assembled into pages, were literally crushed out, one at a time, by frustratingly sluggish presses. In retrospect, it hardly seems possible men and women of the 1800s would have so enthusiastically embraced a task so difficult to perform. Today the combination of computers, skillful camera techniques and rapid web offset presses has reduced the production factor to a mere shadow of what it once was. Far from handwritten copy, editorial staffs utilize computers to compose their stories, in many cases their actual key-strokes 265
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Source Original Book: UPA A Century Later
Setname uu_upa
Date Created 2005-05-10
Date Modified 2005-05-10
ID 416276
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6319w0z/416276