When Old Journalism Started to Become Newer

From a story on stacker.com headlined “50 ways the news industry has changed in the last 50 years”:

Typewriters were doomed to history

Few working journalists today remember the days when newsrooms echoed with the constant clackity-clack of typewriters as reporters and editors furiously churned out copy in real-time on actual paper. Typewriters had mostly vanished in most newsrooms by the end of the 1980s, as they were replaced first with word processors and then personal computers. With them went spools of inked ribbon, Wite-Out correction fluid, jammed keys and arms, and sliding carriages.

Typesetting ended its 500-year run

Like so many advances in the world of publishing, Johann Gutenberg invented typesetting in the 15th century. The concept of arranging interchangeable cast-metal letters to print pages quickly and consistently endured through the 1970s. After roughly half a millennium, however, modern software finally rendered the technology obsolete.

Paperboys went the way of the typewriter

Generations of children earned a few extra bucks by waking up early and delivering newspapers on their bicycles. Every few weeks, the paperboy would knock on his customers’ doors to collect the tab for the papers he delivered. The American paperboy, however, is now largely the stuff of nostalgia as most papers today are delivered by adults in vehicles who subscribers don’t know and will never meet.

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