Gathering, Distributing News Has Changed

October 5, 2018

In 1978, typewriters and notebooks were a reporter’s best friends. Today, it’s a mobile phone and a Twitter account that are must-have tools.

Here are some of the changes in the way a newspaper is produced since The Citizens’ Voice launched in 1978.


When the Voice published its first edition, reporters used typewriters — brought from home — to write stories. There were no computers or word processing programs to check grammar and spelling.

Photographers developed their own photos, while paste-up and the hot-type method of printing brought the articles and photos to life in the paper.


Reporters use laptops, iPads and mobile phones to write stories and record and edit video. A mobile device allows journalists to report from the scene of the meeting, event or crime and break news in a matter of seconds.

Digital photography allows photojournalists to use the same camera to take video and still photographs.

The newspaper’s archives are now digital, and editors design, edit and typeset pages with just a few clicks of the computer mouse.


The print edition was it.


In addition to the print edition, The Citizens’ Voice distributes news through its website, Facebook page and Twitter account. There’s also an e-edition that allows subscribers to read The Citizens’ Voice on their mobile devices.

Clicks and total reach are numbers calculated along with circulation.


In the beginning, wire editor Ace O’Malley listened to radio reports and watched the news on television. He’d take notes and write short stories on the top stories. Sports scores were also collected by listening to local radio reports.

In spring 1979, The Citizens’ Voice added United Press International as its wire provider.


The Citizens’ Voice is a member of the Associated Press and also has access to countless state, national and world news stories through the Tribune New Service. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have all become sources of news.


Orange, coin-operated paper boxes made the paper accessible to readers on the street corner.


The Citizens’ Voice is introducing video display racks in select stores. The video displays are designed to report breaking news, let customers know of special content inside that day’s edition and promote the businesses they are located in.

Contact the writer: jreeser@citizensvoice.com; 570-821-2065; @CVjimreeser on Twitter

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