Producing the Shields Gazette of the past

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

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 11th October 2017, 9:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 8:52 am
Shields Gazette  editorial  staff office.
Shields Gazette editorial staff office.

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.

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.

Shields Gazette editorial staff.

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