Yesterday and Today
by Liz Cutler Gates, Editor, FGBC World
One of my first jobs was at a 13,000 circulation daily newspaper. It was an exhilarating place. What better seat to have while a small town pulsed with life and current events unfolded before your eyes?
Our older-and-wiser editor (he must have been all of, oh, 40) corralled a group of energetic young journalists, the oldest of whom had maybe six years of experience. We worked hard to make sure our readers had the most accurate news in a timely fashion. One day, in the heat of an developing story, one of my fellow reporters charged through the swinging doors to the cavernous room where the large web press had just started cranking out that day’s edition.
“Stop the presses!” he yelled.
I don’t remember the breaking news that prompted his outburst, just that the presses did stop and the pressmen grudgingly made the change. In the end, as I recall, it wasn’t really a press-stopping event and the reporter was scolded for his histrionics. But I’m sure he fulfilled every reporter’s dream