“The labor of ideas — and how Journalism is a struggle without engineering” — this is what I’ve been thinking about ever since our class made a visit to the printing press. The students of BA — Journalism, 2nd semester of Presidency College visited Deccan Herald’s — The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited in Kengeri, Bengaluru on January 22, 2016. The students were accompanied by one faculty member Ms. Shilpa S. Being the very first field visit, we were provided with an opportunity to see the machinery and the technology involved in the making of the daily newspaper at the printing press. The atmosphere was very noisy as the students entered into the premises, since the machines were working — printing supplements. We were briefed and guided by Mr. Manjunath Reddy on the technicalities and challenges of printing. Mr. Reddy briefed the students about his journalistic experiences and how a journalist needs to become conscious of the biases and “a journalist must be ready to fire a bullet”. He made us aware of the costing, limitations, and difficulties involved in printing a newspaper. Afterwards, the students were taken to have a live experience of the newspaper printing and were given an opportunity to take a tour around the working printing press. The students got the opportunity to see the newspaper under printing. Mr. Reddy explained us, how the press has evolved from the ancient to the modern age. Initially, the editor used to write the edited article, which was then sent to the press, which was a slow printing process. Today, the article is typed in the computer, stored in PDF file and printed by automated machine which converts the article to TIFF format. The students were shown how actually the paper passed from one machine to another, how various colours were integrated and the newspapers getting ready within no time. Nearly 70,000 copies are printed every hour with the help of the German made printing machines. To see the process of how newspapers are printed each day is very informative. The function of the machinery and the continuous production that is taking place to ensure that newspapers reach subscribers’ home on time is a strenuous process. But on the whole the visit was most educative and informative for the class and has enriched our learning. The technology involved in the making of the newspaper and providing it to the readers on time made an impact on the students.
The visit to the printing press was an eye-opener. Students were thrilled to know the process of making a newspaper. The visit was a success as the students were enlightened and practical exposure about the particularities of the Print World uncover.