Back in the 1950s, when newspapers were produced by the old hot-metal method, and 24 hours after completing my National Service, I found myself in the composing room
at the old St Mary Street "Echo Office" as it was then known, sweeping the floor and cleaning the lino-type machines.
"We were all still in the newsroom, waiting for the final edition of June 5, 1968, to come upstairs from the composing room
, headlining Bobby Kennedy's victory," Bradlee recalled in his memoirs.
Caption: At a point in its 150-year history, the Eagle had 22 linotypes in the composing room
Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post, looks at the front page of the newspaper, headlined 'Nixon Resigns', in the composing room
on August 8, 1974 -- Courtesy of The Telegraph Like anyone in life, he was not immune to mistakes.
"I walked closer, and as I got closer, I could hear the sound of the paper dropping in the composing room
," he said.
He had a composing room
, where he was prolific and edgy with his musical creativity.
Helen and Claire were also taken on a tour of the Examiner's Ramsden Street premises as part of their prize, where they are pictured in the composing room
with ALL YOURS page organiser Margaret Overend.
| Journalists - reporters and sub-editors - would write and check the stories, which would be sent to the composing room
where the pages were made up as 'plates'.
Next door is the old composing room
with three doorways, each warning entrants that smoking is not permitted inside.
Newsroom names: At the Daily Mountain Eagle of Jasper, Ala., Ron Harris has been named managing editor; previously, he was composing room
manager, a job he'd held for 4-1/2 years.
When a story was finished it was put into a plastic cylinder and shoved into a vacuum tube which whisked it to the composing room
on the third floor.
THE composing room
was the hub of the newspaper's production.