Deborah talks about typesetting

Yes, when I first started we did shorthand, we used old-fashioned typewriters and bashed away. And we used very cheap paper. We’d have a sheet not much bigger than A5 and put it in the machine with a carbon paper and take a carbon copy of everything – these were referred to as ‘blacks’, the carbon copy. And these would be passed through the news editor, who’d read them and check them and then down to the… through the subs [sub-editors] to hot-metal printing. At the Southern Evening Echo typesetting was becoming computerised, and I remember the print workers, who by now were called ‘compositors’ – they had big old computer screens with a lot of green type flashing up in front of them.

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