Next the reporters meet with graphic designers, who use information provided by reporters to lay out pages and create infographics. Designers also create some of the advertisements for clients.
One plate can hold up to six pages from a newspaper. Four plates are created for each six-page section because newspapers are printed in four layers of colored ink—cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Each of the two platemakers can create 24 plates per hour.
A technician loads the rolls of paper, which are 50 inches wide and weigh 1,700 pounds. The press can go through up to three rolls of paper in 20 minutes.
The press also has an auto-registration feature, which uses cameras to look for colored marks printed on each page to make sure the four colors are being printed in proper alignment. The press notifies the computer that operates it if any marks are out of focus and makes adjustments.
The folded sections are dropped on a chain and gathered to create the complete paper. The stitcher then binds the sections together with staples.
At the insert machine, a small adhesive advertisement is added to the cover while the papers are being loaded.
The papers are then bundled into stacks by ZIP code and postal carrier route. A cover sheet with details for the postal carrier is placed onto the stacks before two plastic bundle straps are added.