May 29, 2015

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of The Guardian, finished his tenure in the newspaper’s top editorial job today. On his way out of the newsroom, Guardian staffers observed the time-honored tradition of “banging out,” a custom rooted in English printing shops of yore, according to journalism.co.uk:

Banging out is an old Fleet Street tradition in which printers would bang metal hammers and rulers against the desks as a long-standing member of staff left for the last time.

Here’s Rusbridger’s exit:

The 'banging out' of @arusbridger — what a legacy he leaves

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