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How an Oakland Tribune news story is produced — in 1939

By Chris Treadway
Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 at 4:38 pm in Albany, Berkeley, History.

This multi-page photo feature from the 1939 Oakland Tribune Yearbook on the process involved in getting a story into the evening newspaper (which the Trib was at the time) looks straight out of movies “The Front Page” or “His Girl Friday,” from the reporters and photographers wearing fedoras, to the copy editors with eyeshades, to the kid on carrier route, to the lack of minorities and women.
Scroll down for a look at the entire process and how many people it took to put out an edition.

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  • John Stashik

    Those were the days. Looking at the Berkeley Gazette pressroom through their Center Street front window helped steer me into printing. I was a Linotype operator and enjoyed it as long as it lasted. Being a combo man I was a hand compositor and makeup man too; even set Ludlow. (Who remembers Ludlow?) I’ve done it all in the composing room from lead, to photo, to computers. My first newspaper composing room job: the Berkeley High Daily Yellowjacket. Made one dollar a galley; piece work. Thanks for the look back at the Trib.