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Mag­num Com­pact en­ters fi­nal test­ing in Staten Is­land

The Staten Is­land (N.Y.) Ad­vance an­nounced that it’s be­gun com­mis­sion­ing tests and shadow pro­duc­tion ahead of go­ing into live pro­duc­tion in late May on its Goss Mag­num Com­pact press.

The pub­lisher in March 2014 be­came the first to pur­chase the new 2-by-1 press model.

The new press com­ple­ments the Ad­vance’s ex­ist­ing dou­ble-width pressline and of­fers backup to the pro­duc­tion of the daily Staten Is­land Ad­vance while adding ca­pac­ity for other con­tract news­pa­per, in­sert and com­mer­cial work.

The pub­lisher cited job-change speed (the press in­cludes an Au­to­plate fea­ture), print qual­ity and cost-ef­fec­tive op­er­a­tion in its de­ci­sion for the press.

“The abil­ity to go from job to job in two min­utes or less with ex­tremely low waste and op­er­a­tor ef­fort makes this press cost com­pet­i­tive with dig­i­tal print­ing at around 1,000 copies,” Di­rec­tor of Pro­duc­tion John Gius­tini­ani told News & Tech last year.

Fred­er­ick News-Post em­ploy­ees mark 50 years with pa­per

Ed­win Wa­ters and Ron­ald L. Martin cel­e­brated 50 years with The Fred­er­ick (Md.) News-Post in June. Wa­ters started at the pa­per as a press­man in 1965, a po­si­tion he held un­til he was drafted. Af­ter two years he re­turned to hold po­si­tions in the plate­room and com­pos­ing depart­ment as a type­set­ter. Be­cause he trav­eled fre­quently, Wa­ters be­gan writ­ing sto­ries and tak­ing photos. That, cou­pled with an in­tern­ship at the news desk, even­tu­ally earned him a job as a re­porter, the po­si­tion he still holds.

Martin be­gan at the pa­per as a part-timer in the cir­cu­la­tion busi­ness of­fice, ad­dress­ing

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