Thursday, September 3, 2009

Stop the Presses! Start the Presses!

The bad news is that, on Sept. 8, yet another newspaper is stopping its presses. The good news is that it's starting them up again the next day -- at a new location, with new state-of-the-art equipment, for its redesigned print edition.

Appropriately straddling the eras of print and Web, the Naples (Florida) Daily News produced a behind-the-scenes video story, The Final Run, about the process. It gives us one last look at the old press, and the people who operate it.

Before we collectively forget what a printing press even looks like -- majestic for those hailing back to the Woodward/Bernstein era and beyond -- take a look at their video documenting the transition, lovingly produced by Manuel Martinez & Lexey Swall.

"The black-and-white sections of this video were created with a series of still photographs to simulate motion," they reveal.

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