The Vanishing Printing Press

Brian Mackey examines the role of the printing press in Hollywood films:

Early Monday morning, a handful of reporters, editors and other employees gathered to watch the final run of The State Journal-Register’s press. Beginning with Tuesday’s edition, the SJ-R has been printed at our sister paper in Peoria.

If you’ve never seen a newspaper press in operation, it’s something to behold.

Our Goss Metro-Offset machine is as big as four semi trailers — two long and two tall. The unique chemical smell of ink permeates the air, and there’s an inescapable roar that sounds as loud as an airplane engine.

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