The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on October 6, 1951 · Page 3
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 3

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, October 6, 1951
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PAGE FOUR BLTI'HEVILLE (AREC.) COURIER NEWS IT'S NEWS AND A flKI' IS Tirr:l! It-Checking the couit dockets (Sally Is one of the (honsand-oiid-om> uayi Courier News reporters gelNhe news for your newspaper. Reporters Imvu regulat "beats" they cover by talking to public officials and others who consistently have news to report and they are on call H4 hours a Hay lo cover fires,'wrecks, murders, speeches and Important club meeting!. George Clark (above), sports editor and staff writer Is a member of Hie learn that gets llje news in the Courier News. ragi NEWS FOR THE WOMEN—Miss Jane ShcHon get* a telephone call from someone having a party or tmnnnnrinf: »n engnsemrnt or wedding and she gels notes for a story sla'.rd tor women rradcrr. lli!r Job Is the same as the "straight news" reporter's—gelling rind writing news—but the Society Editor has a special group o! readers. Other special departments are sports, (arm, food, and building panes CIIOTOOIlAI'llfiH, Ton-News pictures are iiec- c«::ary to give readers a better Idea o( what is go- Ing un In their area. Phutographcis go witn reporters to cover picture-worthy news event!,. At the Courier News, each reporter l.s a plwtogroplier, too. On-the-spot news nnd picture cc •>porti, society and news events a the job tr-photographcrs S i lc h as Harold Nanti I'ATIIOK ANKWSSTOKY —It's a long way from event to story, yet the process is tlic. same whether the event is a five-killed, two-hurt lraJ7ic accident or n "local" on the Society Page. Whatever the story, it begins with tlte reporter. After a story has been put on paper, It begins a. process of editing, headline writing and page make-np that must Ije completed liefcre It leaves the nev.'sroom for the mechanical department where it completes the Journey Into print. These mechanical processes are showri on the opposite page. Local stories of Interest lo persons outside Mississippi County or Arkansas are transmitted to the Associated Press, . a co-operative news service of which the Courier Neiv.i Is a member. Such stories are sent dire:l!y to the As.wialed Press Bureau in Little nock via » teletype transmitter In the newsroom here. : While local stories are being written and edited, "wire copy" received over AP teletype is being handled by the telegraph editor, who selects Ihe state, national and international news stories for use In that day's cdil Ion. He aiso handles pictures sent the Cornier News by the AP antl National Editorial Enterprises. Ix>cal stories are frequently ac- compinicd hypictures, which also have a gamut of their own to run in evolving from event to engrav- ina. Photographs move from camera to darkroom In engraver and meet the story they accompany when page "make-up" begins. —A Courier News I'liolo-Fealur* National Newspaper Week, being observed this week throughout the United States, is an annual affair during which newspapers take the opportunity to tell then 1 readers a little something about themselves. Since the newspaper business is sii/fi- ciently diversified aa to prevent adequate description in less than book-length, the ••" Courier News staff took to camera and film this week to'bring you a pictorial review of the functions of five interlocking departments and how they combine to produce a new.spapei'. News, advertising, mechanical, business and circulation departments of a newspaper function in a way that to (he Iny- observer {fives the appearance of five different units either completely autonomous or entirely overlapped. Both views are correct. Kach department has its specific job and in dotnjj it operates independently. ttul weaving throughout all is a thread of activity that links them, and each contributes to the end product under a system I hat would not function if one of the five were missing. For example, you see advertising and new;-; copy on the same page, but the as- social inn cmi.s there and one does nol relate to the other in the gathering and writing stages. However, a newspaper could not operate u-ithotit both. Without advertising, the cost of producing a paper lo lirin<T you the news would be prohibitive. Without news to attract subscribers, advertisers would not be able to reach prospective buyers. On these two pages are shown the de- pnrttnenU! activities involved in publishing a newspaper. J5ATURDAT, OCTOBER «, I9B1 WKITIN'G THE Nl-Vl'S IS NEXT—After Mr. Clark, or'one of (he other reporters, checks a nnws source and gets notes for a story, he returns to the neivsimm and types Hit story as it will appear in the next edition of ynur nev.'.spappr. The information must be prcser.lcd in a clear, conc-i:-:e, easy- to-read manner mid it must he written cviickly and accurately. A good reporter can give valuable Infor-' mation In an easily understood story while racing against the unrelenting clock. AM) THE -I'lCS- ARE MA mi—The photographer at the scene of a news event exposes film but thvre isn't a picture for tlic paper until the Him is developed and an enlargement made. Mrs. Uon Oeimmg, photographer and engraver, LS the person who does most or the darkroom work, make* an enlargement of a picture preparatory to puttinj ii on the engraving machine. EDITOR HANDLES I.OCAT. NEWS—Editor A. A. Prcdrlckson Is the man LOCAL AND FOREIGN NEWS PUT TOGETHCR—Teletype* (Hit machines SB charge of gathering, checking for accuracy, and headlining local news and features. tlie r 'B ht of ' ne Picture) bring to the Courier News i mlnute-by-mlnuU account of The editor makes assignments, co-ordinates the reporters' work, and decides the Im- happ ™' ngs tHro ^h°ut the world. Clande Sparks, telegraph editor, considers the* portance of a story, writes the headline and indicates the place In the papei the story v.'.H go. The reporters and photographers bring their news stories and pictures to him ing to their probable interest to readers. stories oa state, national and world ncwi and puts headlines on them. He also makes % "pa?e dummy 1 ' as he is doing In this picture, that indicates to the printer exactly where each story will go In the paper. The editor and wire editor nrast work together closely to get an interesting and good-!cokin s paper ready for the printer by "deadline time." Newspapermen continually work against the clock to get the new» to you while it is still news. WHERE MKHCHANT AND CONSIIMKR~i\IKKT— Ad~ vertising is an important part of a newspaper as it benefits both advertisers who want lo reach (he buying public and consumers who are interested in where IhVy can obtain the various types of merchandise. Xcwspiiper advertisements provide a common ground where buyer and seller meet. Work of the Courier News advertising department is done on a schedule that permits coordination of it with the movement of news matter so both roach the mechanical ilepjirl menl in lime for inclusion in the same edition. Closely allied with the advertising department is the business department, which functions in much the same manner as the bookkeeping department of any firm. Added to these duties, however, are several which link this (lepartment unmistakably to the newspaper business. These include want-ad work, proof-reading and handling of circulation department bookkeeping. " v* « . - HKAD OF AD DEPART.MENT-Paul Hu;r,a:i Is >< ager of the Courier News and nj such is in ciai+e .,.' nient. Mi:ch of the revenue supporting a ner..•n,"<;?i'i r advertisers. Men in the advertising depaiLmrnt ran and help (hem plan ad campaigns, draw' up thf ?.d: ready lor tn« printer. svn.l 11 i man- liie 3d nrp^rt- n.'ai the on !:-.'>! i llnnu-; 2!'<i Bel them JliKS >I,SHF, GOOD A US -Ad PAlr.sman Dick Mills, know- ins Mi?i piciiuos make aci.s move i*> e-retching, (oaks through (he Coiifiri Nrw? hie i>f slock a.ri tllu?tr.itioii5. Thr iicvv.-papc 1 ! kcr\>s * rnl- leciion of picture:- that can be u.-.od to c:i t )t nLicntioii lo anv ne^t'iihed in nti Brtvprlisornent. Several books of illustrations are purchased each month lor the benefit ol both a<lvcnisci-s and subscribcu. AT) I.AYOrrS MADE FOR PRINTKR—The prlnl- (er has to hn\e a layout of the ad to appear m the [>npcr 50 lie can know what M?e type to use for crr- tiiin Mid \\-hst is lo be said in Uic art, Aft S6ls?man Kri,sel Havbcr draws up such » layout ton the "back shop." IM'SINLRS OI-TICK Mi5. K, R. Ma« niAnagcr, and h^r n.^sbtan!. Mr,=i. Tom Taylor, it) rdoies. nu:>t "iPtp accurate records on the thousands Mrs. MUJon ms been a^^ociattd with the* newspaper Ilovi of ftd\cit^ l ing order;, both local and national, : ;on (rights, Courier News office addition lo routine bookkeeping of subscribers of the newspaper. for about ten years, record* the uid supervises office business.

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