Our group was permitted into the printing area just before the presses began to roll. The press used to print the day's issues can be seen here. It also extended into the level below this one, where carts rotated on tracks to transport the newspapers to the packing stations. We also visited the people responsible for layout, photography, and circulation. One of the most interesting facts we learned was that a color photo graph must be printed six times, each in the constituent colors that goes into making the photograph. This process was visible with plastic overlays our tour guide let us examine.
The Herald Mail donates a number of free issues to the Washington County Public Schools, and it is an important part of our community's information infrastructure. One of their top reporters, Guy Fletcher, ran a story on one our teachers, Mr. George Cassutto, who was instrumental in bringing the Internet to North High. We appreciate the time they took to help us understand the local world of print journalism a little better!
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