Class Reflection on WTE Field Trip
Students from last year named one thing that they learned at WTE. Can you add anything to the list?
- There are multiple colors of ink for the newspaper that have to be layered properly. The ink consistency is more like pudding than water.
- The paper rolls that the newspaper is printed on are each 15 miles long and weighed half a ton.
- The size of the printing press was impressive: it took 2 ships and 20 semi trucks to deliver the printing press from Germany.
- There are special technicians that are experts on the printing press in case it needs maintenance.
- There are only 3 of the WTE-type printing presses in the US. There are about 11 of them in the world.
- The managing editor assigns individual reporters to specific “beats” (e.g., education, sports, features).
- The WTE printing press also prints other regional papers, such as the Laramie Boomerang and The Greeley Tribune (in Greeley Colorado).
- The printing press and the editors/reporters are seemingly working 24 hours a day to keep the news cycle going.
- The WTE keeps an archival library of every daily WTE newspaper that has been printed.
- The WTE prints their own newspaper as well as flyers, advertisements, and other paid media materials (i.e., commercial printing). About 15% of revenues comes from paid newspaper subscriptions, with the remainder of revenues originating from commercial printing and paid advertising. Some of that commercial printing occurs on $1 million printers and copiers.
- The printing press speed was impressive.