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The Villages
D a i ly s u n
When the sun goes down and others are preparing
for bed, The Villages Daily Sun newspaper print plant
is a frenzy of activity.
With more than 50,000 subscribers receiving the Daily Sun every
morning, it takes dozens of people to print, prepare and deliver the
paper to driveways and newspaper racks around The Villages.
From idea to final print; from page designer to printer; here is how
the newspaper goes from a digital file to the print edition you enjoy
over a cup of coffee.
As each page is completed and laid out by designers in the Daily Sun
newsroom, they send it to the plant as a digital file. Workers at the plant
take this digital file and prepare special plates they use to print each page.
Similar to a photo negative, the plates hold the image the paper
is printed from using a method called offset printing. Through
this process, each page receives the four CMYK ink colors - cyan,
magenta, yellow and key (black) - as a separate layer, coming
together to form the final printed page with crisp, clear photos and text.
Workers inspect each page for print quality and make adjustments
as needed before pages are finalized.
Page files from the Daily Sun are sent to the plant throughout the
day, with sections such as lifestyle, sports and local news commonly
arriving first. After those sections are printed, they are stacked on large
pallets to await insertion in the paper later that night.
The front page and the rest of section A are usually the last parts
of the newspaper to arrive at the plant. While the time varies from day
to day depending on the day's news, the final page usually shows up
sometime around midnight.
Once the final page arrives, the plant is a flurry of commotion and
activity as plant employees ready the paper to send out for delivery.
As the first section comes off the press, workers hand it over to
inserters, who line up each section of the paper for insertion. Sections
are loaded in order into the inserting
machine, where a puff of air blows
"it takes a special
section A open to insert the remaining
kind of person
sections one-by-one.
to wake up in
The now-assembled paper makes
the middle of the
its way down the line and sensors
night every night
check each paper for any missing pagto throw a paper."
es or inserts. In the event something
is missing, a worker adds the needed
- Glenn A. Franks Sr.
page or section.
After the papers come off the line, plant employees stack them in
special carts corresponding to delivery route. The carts are now ready
for pickup by delivery contractors.
"For home delivery we have about 72 independent contractors who
deliver to the driveways of each individual subscriber," said Glenn
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Pallets of newspaper
sections ready to be inserted.

Contractors load up for their routes.

Sections are run
through this machine
for insertion.



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