When Joel Birket was a child, his family moved to new cities for a year at a time so his father, William, could install printing presses at the major daily newspapers in Seattle and Minneapolis. "I saw all the different trades and effort that was put into making these presses work," Birket says. "It was just fascinating." Later, Birket – who entered the same line of work in 1994, and who now oversees his own shop specializing in machinery moving and press installations – opened drawers at printing plants and spotted his dad's handwriting on old drawings detailing the operations of a press.
Recently, Birket, who is 44, stood in the press room of the Nashville-based Tennessean for a different sort of job than the one his father so often performed. In 1989, Birket’s dad had installed the Tennessean’s printing press. Nearly three decades later, Birket had returned to take it apart.MORE
Taking advantage of its new press, The American Press in Lake Charles, La., has rolled out new ad rates based on all color.
The difference should be quickly noticed by readers and advertisers since color ads previously made up about 37 percent of the ads in the Shearman family-owned southwest Louisiana newspaper, circulation 24,000 daily and 27,000 Sundays.
"Certain national or major accounts that request black-and-white ads will be honored. Most ads will automatically publish in full color," said Advertising Director Titus Workman.MORE
While many newspaper publishers are announcing new digital initiatives, Community Impact Newspaper chief executive officer John Garrett did the opposite. Last October, his company opened a state-of the-art printing and mailing facility in Pflugerville, Texas. The new $10 million facility now prints the company's 23 newspapers for the Austin, Dallas and Houston metro areas. The 36,000-square-foot printing facility also houses a new printing press: a Goss Magnum Compact (only four exist in the world – in Mexico; Sri Lanka; Staten Island, New York; and now Pflugerville, Texas).
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In the digital age, the Sun Newspapers in southwest Florida are betting on the future of print.
Under the new ownership of Adams Publishing Group and after nine months of planning, the Port Charlotte Sun and its new sister paper, the Punta Gorda Sun, roll out Wednesday with a new look, new sections and new approaches to news coverage intended to expand what readers are getting for their subscriptions.
"Overall, we wanted to create a much better newspaper for our readers, and we wanted to grow our circulation, to modernize and give it a new exciting look and feel," said Publisher Glen Nickerson. But it isn't just one newspaper, it's several.
The biggest change is that the Charlotte Sun will be split into two editions. "It will become the Punta Gorda Sun and the Port Charlotte Sun," Nickerson said.More