College journalists try publishing an issue without computers

Students at Florida Atlantic University are putting out their final summer issue on machinery that’s older than they are, reports Michael Koretzky. They're writing their stories on manual typewriters and copyediting them in pencil. "They lay it all out with pica poles and proportion wheels. They paste it all up with X-Acto knives and rubber cement." A few of the students have even dressed the part of '70's-era journalists, looking a little bit like Vinnie Barbarino. Editor-in-chief Gideon Grudo says of the old-school publishing experience:

Today one of the ribbons on a typewriter stopped working. But no one has left or gotten antsy. We're all working together. If this momentum continues, imagine what we can accomplish when our iMacs, HD cameras, and Google are given back to us. I think this project has single-handedly exposed us to the power of what we've had all along – and what we've completely taken for granted.

  • Jim Romenesko

    From 1999 to 2011, Jim Romenesko maintained the Romenesko page for the Poynter Institute, a Florida-based non-profit school for journalists. Poynter hired him in August of 1999, after seeing his, a hobby site he started in May of 1999.


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