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Archive for the ‘Newspaper Printing’ Category

Catalog Printing: Newspapers Are a Different Breed

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

A few weeks ago I started a new print brokering project: an offset-printed adult-education print catalog for a local nonprofit. It’s a catalog of classes for people interested in various subjects for their own sake, just for the love of learning. Having been out of college for 40 years, I liked the idea. (more…)

3 Qualities of a Good Printing Service Company

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Everybody requires a printing service at some point in their business. Whether you are a small business owner or own a big business, you cannot escape the printing requirements. You may need a printing service company at several events like corporate events, award shows, office party etc. A print represents your company and its vision and mission and must be done from the right source only. Whether you want a merchandise print, newsletter printing or a vinyl banner, a good printing service should be contacted for all the requirements. There are heaps of printing companies out there who would promise to give you the best quality service but not all deliver their promises. You must find the best printing service company by doing your own bit of research. First, make a detailed list of your requirements and your delivery date. Then, browse the printing companies online and have a word with the manager. You must understand the type of machines they use and get to know a little more about their company. There are certain qualities that only a good printing company possess. (more…)

Printing Periodicals and Textbooks on Inkjet Presses

Monday, April 13th, 2015

I read an intriguing article in Print Week India last night (an online printing-trade publication) by Rahul Kumar entitled “Digital Inkjet Printing in Newspapers Must Cross the Hurdle of Feasibility” (dated 2/6/15). (more…)

Commercial Printing: The Skinny on Newspaper Inserts

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

This time of year, wherever you look, you’ll see newspaper inserts promoting everything from sporting equipment to jewelry in a frenzy to sell, sell, sell before the holidays. I’ve always enjoyed paging through these circulars, whether or not I end up buying anything. (more…)

Custom Printing: Newspapers Are Still Kicking–Locally

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I recently saw a number of stacks of newspapers at the gym I frequent. Being a commercial printing broker, as well as an overall student of custom printing, I grabbed a few samples thinking I would approach their production managers. Perhaps I could get a few new clients. (more…)

Newspaper Printing: Four Newspaper Success Stories

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

I have some good news about the newspaper printing business.

According to “Four Revenue Success Stories,” written by Mark Jurkowitz and Amy Mitchell (2/13/2013,, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has published a report documenting “a year-long effort to identify newspaper successes in the search for new business models.” (more…)

Commercial Printing: Five-Day USPS Delivery–Ouch

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

I have concerns and questions about the effects of the upcoming change in postal service deliveries. On August 5, 2013, mail delivery will be cut from six days a week to five. (more…)

Newspapers, Newsprint, Tabloid Publications: New Signs of Life

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

There may be new signs of life in newspaper printing. I just read an article in the 1/28 International Business Times written by Christopher Zara and entitled “Newspaper Launches Innovative New Print Format: Will Bucking the Digital Trend Pay Off?” (more…)

Newspaper Printing: Don’t Believe All the Hype You Read

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

Numerous metropolitan newspapers have cut back from printing daily issues to printing three or more issues a week while shifting resources toward their digital operations. This is a fact, and it is the trend due to a year-over-year drop in print advertising and readership. The Times-Picayune published in New Orleans, Louisiana, exemplifies this. (more…)

Newspaper Printing: New Orleans Times-Picayune to Print Fewer Days a Week

Friday, June 15th, 2012

I am a fan of print in general (and, more specifically, newspaper printing). I must acknowledge my bias. So I pay particular attention to news articles about the death of print. (more…)


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