Although we're in the electronic age with newspapers available online, most people still want a hard copy they can hold and read at leisure. The pressroom therefore remains as important as the newsroom in any newspaper and that includes the Express.
We are celebrating 45 years of excellence in journalism, which includes delivering crisp pages to our readers daily. The workers in the Express pressroom work steadfastly every day to ensure that the paper hits the streets on time and in perfect order.
You may not see their names in any bylines or know them should you pass them on the streets because they remain in the background, committed to ensuring that the Express gets out there and looks good every time. It all comes together under the direction of the Pressroom Manager, Bunny Jack who is on call 24/7 and on the job at all times.
Jack began working at the Express as an inserter in 1976 when he was still in secondary school and upon graduating in 1978 started working as a cleaner. He officially joined the staff in 1979 and in about eight months was moved into the pressroom doing maintenance. By 1980 he was working on the press.
Jack explained that in the pressroom one starts off as a trainee for about a year and from there moves up the positions of craftsman, master craftsman, supervisor and senior supervisor. Jack who has been with Express for about 30 years was made pressroom manager in 2006. The pressroom is divided into three sections; technical crew, press men and cleaners.
While the technical crew maintains the machinery and does repairs and the press men do the actual printing, the cleaners ensure that the press and other machinery are properly cleaned and that there is no debris on the floor, which can be dangerous. Their job is essential as keeping the press and machinery clean prevents problems that can result in breakdowns and even injury.
Jack has 38 workers under his charge and he said that the pressroom is like a community in itself. It has its own culture and the people there prefer to remain in the background just doing their jobs without any flash and much attention.
Especially because of the OSHA safety regulations the pressroom is not an area of the Express that anyone not working there can just walk into and one will hardly find anyone from the pressroom venturing anywhere else in the building. So there is very little interaction between them and other employees, but when they do come together its all one family.
Jack said he is proud to be a member of the Express family and thankful for the opportunities presented to him over the years. "I grew up in the Express and have seen many changes through the years. As long as the Express needs me, I am here and very happy to be here," Jack said.