Tuesday, May 1, 2012, the 6th grade students from Larimore, N.D. visited the Grand Forks Herald downtown office. They are pictured here with teachers Kathy Sleeper and Brenda Beck.
This same group visited the Grand Forks Herald production plant last May as 5th graders. The kids reminded me of this when I greeted them this morning. At the end of last year’s tour I asked the students where at the production plant they would like to have their picture taken. The unanimous choice was the YELLOW ROOM.
Just what is the YELLOW ROOM? The YELLOW ROOM or the plate room is where the newspaper pages are sent electronically to the plant from our downtown office. The information is transmitted to the plate imagers. The pages are printed onto a light sensitive metal plate which goes onto the printing press. We have the yellow lights because the metal plates are light sensitive.
When the pages are developed onto the metal plates, all words and pictures are transformed into tiny dots. Of course, you would need a magnifying glass to see all of the dots. When the plate is put onto the press, the ink will stick to the dots, then it transfers to a rubber blanket, then on to newsprint. This is called offset printing.
The students are pictured in the “Yellow Room” with teachers Darcy Blegen and substitute teacher Pam Suchor.