Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM
This is Bob, he prints the Southern Ute Drum.
Twice a month we take our hard work and collect it onto a digital file, which we then take across the border to New Mexico to be printed by the Farmington Daily Times.
Aside from a few adaptions to technology transfer, the printing process rolls on much as it has for the last century with the use of an Offset Printing Press. Fast & Dirty is the best way to describe a couple thousand newspapers coming off the print line!
The Southern Ute Drum is a small print run in comparison to their Daily Newspaper, and every effort is made to assure quality control as our latest edition rolls off the belts for a final count and bundle.
One of the most interesting aspects of my job at the Southern Ute Drum is that we are directly involved with every step of getting our paper on the street and into your hands, or online! An invaluable experince in an era where the future of printed media sits uneasy, and digital journalism is fast becoming the standard.
Change is inevitable, but for now we can rest easy knowing that crews like Bob’s are still working around the clock in shifts to bring the news to your doorstep every morning without fail!
Any thoughts on the future of digital media, the direction of printed media or the effects these changes will have on the nature of journalism as we know it? Are we seeing the end, or just the beginning of this global economy?
I look forward to hearing your “two cents” on this subject. Post your comments, thoughts, ideas…
I like to think that things are just getting started!