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Journalism class does the time warp

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sportsguydave, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. sportsguydave

    sportsguydave Active Member

    Found this on Romanesko. Interesting idea, and hopefully it gave the J-students a bit more appreciation for the tools they have at their disposal:


    Students at Florida Atlantic University are putting out their final summer issue on machinery that’s older than they are, reports Michael Koretzky. They’re writing their stories on manual typewriters and copyediting them in pencil. “They lay it all out with pica poles and proportion wheels. They paste it all up with X-Acto knives and rubber cement.” A few of the students have even dressed the part of ’70′s-era journalists, looking a little bit like Vinnie Barbarino.
  2. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    And much like 70s era journalists, they are ensuring that they make deadline by doing piles of coke in the office.
  3. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    They must have paid people at your paper better than they paid people at mine.
  4. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member

    X-Acto knives? We had to use the edge of the table. Rich bastards.
  5. Turtle Wexler

    Turtle Wexler Member

    I think this is a fantastic idea. Journalism is journalism, regardless of the tools or the medium.

    I'm grateful to be old enough that our high school yearbook was built with pica poles and blue sheets and grease cropping pencils, but young enough to be able to adapt to new technologies quickly. I feel like I learned the best of both worlds.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    I worked briefly at a paper that was still paste-up, although we had word-processing computers. This was only a dozen or so years ago, but it was quite an experience. We used the whole deal: pica poles, proportion wheels, blue pencils, dummy sheets. The paper had computers with Quark on them, but paginating was a firing offense.

    Needless to say, the first chance I got to jump to a paper that paginated, I was gone.
  7. dirtybird

    dirtybird Active Member

    Just a jump to the left?

  8. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    If they didn't smoke in the newsroom and meet for beers after at the place, they did it wrong.
  9. rpmmutant

    rpmmutant Member

    How is this in any way productive? It's like teaching a mechanic how to fix a carburetor. It's a practically useless skill.
  10. HanSenSE

    HanSenSE Well-Known Member

    Make 'em use phones with dials as well ...
  11. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member


    We put the paper out every night with archaic technology.

    We use CCI.
  12. spikechiquet

    spikechiquet Well-Known Member

    It never hurts to learn the history of your trade....

    That said, I pray my boss doesn't get any ideas!
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