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The New York Times is looking for young writers

I still qualify as young, right? Because this is a super neat opportunity.

A movie about journalism keeps selling out theaters*

*File under “Things I didn’t think I’d ever get to say, but am excited about nonetheless.”

We decided on Sunday to go see The Post, Steven Spielberg’s new critically acclaimed movie about the Pentagon Papers and the role The Washington Post had in their publication. It stars Meryl Streep as publisher Katharine “Kay” Graham and Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee, the paper’s hard-nosed editor. The movie is exhilarating and fun, and its message resonates.

We planned to go to The Nugget’s 4:30 p.m. showing, but when we got to the ticket booth, we found out that A. the movie showtimes listed on Google are not accurate because they’re generated by a third-party company, and as an independent theater, The Nugget does not use such services, so Google’s listings can’t be trusted; and B., the showing actually started at 4:15 p.m., although that didn’t really matter because it was already sold out. Would we like tickets to the 6:50 p.m. showing instead?

We said yes, and planned to come back at 6:30 p.m. We returned to a lobby packed full of people, most of whom were waiting to see The Post, which had sold out once again. (For the record, the man working the ticket booth told me that three of Saturday’s four showings also had sold out.)

I was a touch disappointed by the delay, but mostly I was pleased there was demand for such a movie. Star Wars: The Last Jedi sold out its opening weekend showings, but people had been waiting years to see Episode VIII. Y’all, people clapped when The Post ended. What?!

Turns out former New Hampshire Associated Press reporter Kathleen Ronayne had a similar experience:

In one of the replies to Ronayne’s tweet, Twitter user John Tackeff says every showing was sold out on Friday at a theater in Newington, N.H.

What’s more, viewers everywhere seem to appreciate the film. Check out the replies to this tweet:

Have you seen The Post? Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Fascinating photographs detail how the ‘New York Times’ was made back in the day

The sports section is assembled in the composing room. IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

The sports section is assembled in the composing room.

Take a step back in time to see how the New York Times was produced in 1942. This photo series, shot by photographer Marjory Collins on Sept. 9, 1942, and published on Mashable, is a captivating peek behind the curtain into how the daily miracle came together. Collins’ photographs detail every step of the process in exquisite black and white. You can almost hear the phones ringing, smell the cigars, feel the newsprint.

Some observations:

  • The paper’s copy is being composed using Linotype and pages are being cast via zinc plates, a method that is totally unheard of in today’s more modern presses, almost all of which rely on offset printing techniques. Pages still are cast as plates, but the process is almost entirely digitized. Even we at the Valley News got rid of our old plate-making system, which required an employee shoot a film negative of every page, about a year ago in favor of a system that automates the process.
  • I print letterpress, so I was fascinated by the images of the men hand-setting the metal type. Linotype — which is exactly what it sounds like, a line of type — likely helped to speed up the process from the days of printing with lead type, where every single letter had to be individually set by hand, but it still couldn’t have been a total time saver. I was amused to see I actually have, and use, some of the same tools that the men are using in the photographs.
  • Speaking of men, I know it was the ’40s, but it was striking to see zero women in the workplace. I figured we’d see at least one or two working as secretaries, but nope. It also was jarring to see the complete lack of diversity among the Times staffers.

See the photographs here.