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Union-Tribune joins 21st Century

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Stitch, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Stitch

    Stitch Active Member

    Last major daily to paste-up pages moves to computerized pagination in November.

  2. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    This will, of course, probably mean the loss of more production people's jobs...

    It's the human price of technology/advancement.
  3. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    Wow, it's been 14 years since I last worked there, and I assumed they had already done away with the paste-up. Even my current 20,000 circulation shop hasn't had paste-up for years.

    I feel bad for any production people that lose their jobs over this, but they had to know this was coming sooner or later.
  4. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Wow... I had no idea. Most of the papers made this switch at least a decade ago.
  5. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    This actually saddens me, to be honest. I spent a lot of great, and stressful, times in composing rooms.
  6. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member


    Me, too. Armed with a trusty pica pole and the light blue felt pen whose ink wouldn't show up in the photographic process. Ah, yes. Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end.
  7. WriteThinking

    WriteThinking Well-Known Member

    It truly is the end of an era.

    Do recent grads even know what a pica pole is? Have they ever used one?
  8. JBHawkEye

    JBHawkEye Active Member

    Those light blue pens were like gold. You had to hold on to them at our place, because someone would steal them.
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Loved the blue pens. And if we're going way back with exacto knives and pica poles, don't forget photo wheels. Yes, them were the days.
  10. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

  11. RedSmithClone

    RedSmithClone Active Member

    I still have the first pica pole I ever used sitting in my desk drawer. I pull it out at least once a night to use it - as a back scratcher.
  12. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Pica pole use at my place is solely for cutting cake.
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