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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Tuesday, 29th March 2011

    I'm sure that, at one time or another, we have all had jobs that have had their own technical terms, shorthand, jargon, etc; maybe even to the extent that it's a whole language that would be incomprehensible to an outsider.

    I once worked on a large provincial newspaper.
    I was in the Editorial department where none of the above really applies; any term that is unfamiliar is more or less self-explanatory.

    But when I had to visit the production wings of the paper - the type-setters and printers - I was confronted with a whole different language; cleverly designed to alienate the outsider.
    Boy, was I bamboozled!

    (Incidental aside; newspapers are very territorial.
    When someone from one department strays into another department... vultures hover on the horizon, to pick off what's left.
    The writers, who have never once got their hands dirty, are easy meat for the print wallahs.)

    One thing I never understood and the printers would never explain to me:

    In those days (late 80s, early 90s) provincial papers published what was called "The Pink".

    It was the Saturday evening sports paper, sold separately.
    It was a routine term in the newspaper business.
    "We can't use this piece in the daily but we'll put it in The Pink".

    Why was the sports paper called The Pink?
    And it wasn't just the paper I worked for; it was a common expression on all provincial newspapers at the time.

    None of the printers seemed to know.
    Or, at least, none of them were willing to tell me.

    Industrial language...
    Shop-floor lingo...
    What can you do?

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    Posted by AmosBurke (U8229185) on Tuesday, 29th March 2011

    When it was a newspaper, Birmingham's Sports Argus was printed on pink paper. As a pullout in the Birmingham Mail, the pink paper continues. As I understand it, it was printed on pink paper to make it stand out from rival sports press.

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    Posted by grandpacliffy (U14287151) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Industrial language: Anyone remember the 'Sagger makers' bottom knocker' from What's my Line?

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    Posted by Barrie WILSON (U2258177) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    >But when I had to visit the production wings of the paper - the type-setters and printers -<

    "typesetters..." Boy, that takes us back. If you're under 40 you've probably never heard of/seen a hot metal typesetting machine; marvelled at the TTS adaptations; drooled over the first computer-driven fonts; the page-view terminal (clandestinely introduced for revolutionary direct journalistic input at the Daily Mirror); SOGAT, NATSOPA et al; the 1976 Royal Commission on the Press; printer's devils (of which in the past Mark Twain, Lyndon Johnson) etc etc..

    Sorry for that walloping nostalgia trip...!!

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  • Message 5

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Well, yes, I thought it was something along those lines, Amos.

    But it must go back a long way.
    My dad grew up reading the Saturday sports paper that we published, and he doesn't remember it ever being on pink paper.

    The company I worked for was the Thompson Group, who owned evening papers all over the North of England (and Ireland).
    I would sometimes be sent to work on a sister-paper in another city; and they all had (and all called it) a "Pink".
    Obviously nobody on the street called it that; it was an industry term.

    Incidentally, my main contribution to The Pink was the dreaded "camogie gig".
    Somebody had to keep the readers up to date with what was happening in the exciting world of schoolgirl camogie.
    Being female and one of the few token Catholics, I drew the short straw.

    I hated playing camogie at school.
    Little did I know that, when I grew up, I would have to spend wet, miserable Saturday afternoons wathching other girls playing camogie.
    And then have to write about it!



    Talking of industry terms...

    About four years ago, I made my debut on this thread when, wearing my other hat, I mentioned the difference between -

    "Screenplay by WX and YZ"

    and -

    "Screenplay by WX & YZ"


    I'm tempted to just leave it at that; just to check who was sitting up straight and paying attention!

    But I won't!

    The ampersand is everything!

    The example I gave alerts producers in the biz that the first script was passed from one writer to another; the second one was written by a pair of writers who work as a team.

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  • Message 6

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    Posted by MAY-DAY (U14316705) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Barrie -

    I worked on newspapers at a time when we were just on the cusp of new technology.

    I can still remember the days when you had to literarly phone in a story; word by word, comma by comma; and someone in the office would write it down.

    And I'm still in my 40s!

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  • Message 7

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    Posted by Preacher (U2899850) on Wednesday, 30th March 2011

    Barrie WILSON: Sorry for that walloping nostalgia trip...!! 

    How about taking a wayzgoose?

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  • Message 8

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    Posted by Caro (U1691443) on Thursday, 31st March 2011

    Not very helpful for a British audience, I suppose, but when I was a child in NZ pink paper was used for the sports paper. I can't remember its name now unfortunately.

    The Auckland Weekly News had a pink cover, but I am fairly certain the weekly sports paper did too. Unless they were one and the same.

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