Newspaper production is known to be the most lucrative and respected industry in the modern age. Most people are not aware about the fact that the invention of printing is more than 400 year old. The earliest invention in this era was a machine set by hand. It was a very slow process. Each letter was supposed to be selected and then assembled one by one in a row. During the 19th century, the basic typesetting machines were invented. These were referred to as Linotype and Intertype machines. These machines utilized hot lead to cast type in varied slugs in combination with the Monotype cast pieces. These typesetters utilized a keyboard to direct letters casts as well as punctuation into requisite place. Once the printing process is done, the lead type was re-melted so as to be utilized again. This was also known to be the golden era of newspaper production. In fact, this was a phase when the printing industry was labor intensive. It will not be wrong to say that the industry was described by high levels of noise and the typical smell of ink.
These typesetting machines were widely utilized until the late 1960s. The introduction of computer technology created a revolution in the field of newspapers. This was a period when the traditional typesetting and typewriting machines got replaced by electronic newspaper production. These newspapers were created via utilizing digital imaging and computers.
Today, millions of people follow the routine of reading newspaper in the morning. However, readers do not have any idea about how the newspaper reaches to them and what stages these newspapers undergo prior to getting printed and reaching their doorstep. Perhaps it is better to know what the different stages in production of a newspaper are.
The basic production stage of newspaper is categorized mainly into four parts:
2. Plate Making
3. Offset Section
All the above stated production stages makes a newspaper look great and just the way consumers would like to want it while reading it. The photocomposing composes prepares the newspaper for printing. Software such as Abode Pagemaker and Quark express are used for photocomposing. Thereafter the page is handed over to professional section. This is where the newspaper is reviewed for mistakes and then carried forward after checking. The plate making process is where the page is exposed to a plate for the process of printing. In the offset section, the plates are fed into the machine and then printed. During the packing stage, the newspaper is packed into bundles and then dispatched to vehicles for circulation.