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Technology has made it easy to report the news and publish papers and books but the process of printing hasn't changed much. Gone are the typesetters of the past, replaced by computer word processing programs and page designers. Each page is edited and designed so that the stories and ads fit the columns and pages and then sent to the print editor for print processing.
|Typesetter lays out pages.|
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This is still the process used by newspapers and publishing company today like the Democrat Herald in Albany.
"We don't use plates with silver anymore" stated John Rehley, the commercial press and pre-print supervisor at the Democrat Herald in Albany.
The plates are exposed using a laser and the put through the developing process.The images on the plate are seen as reverse images until they are printed.
|The Linotype Model 3. Photo provided by www.metaltype.co.uk|
The plates are then put on the printers drum and transferred to a rubber blanket and then to the printing surface. This technique is called offset printing. According to Wikipedia, the first rotary offset lithographic printing press was created in England and patented in 1875 by Robert Barclay. This process was later developed in the 19th century to a printing press process called offset lithograph very much like the presses used in today's publishing.
|Page Editor at the Democrat Herald work to insure that the pages are ready for publication.|
|Printer technicians at the Democrat Herald inspect the newspaper for correct alignment.|