Producing the Shields Gazette of the past

Shields Gazette  editorial  staff office.
Shields Gazette editorial staff office.

News gathering has changed beyond recognition over the years, with new technologies and social media having impacted upon every aspect of the industry.

Today we take a look back at the days when the Gazette was compiled by reporters using typewriters and produced in a process using compositing machines, hot metal and something called a flong.

Shields Gazette  editorial  staff.

Shields Gazette editorial staff.

For many years, the production of newspapers continued more or less unchanged until the 1980s when the evolution of modern printing methods revolutionised the way the word was transferred to paper.

Here we see Gazette staff, including members of the editorial and production team, at work and play throughout the years.

How many of those pictured do you recognise? Please get in touch.

Shield Gazette editorial staff  Dick Jones, Ken Stubbs, Alan Harker, Tom Parker.

Shield Gazette editorial staff Dick Jones, Ken Stubbs, Alan Harker, Tom Parker.

Shields Gazette staff pictured in  1968. They are  Barbara Johnson,  Ann Youngman and  Jennifer Richardson.

Shields Gazette staff pictured in 1968. They are Barbara Johnson, Ann Youngman and Jennifer Richardson.