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That was the press, baby…

That was the press, baby…

Rollie Atkinson, group publisher of Sonoma West Publishers, pays tribute to his local printing press as its owner, Healdsburg Printing Company, closes and the press is dismantled.


“The printing and publishing industries are in a battle with social media,” printing company owner Joe Vetter tells Atkinson in The Healdsburg Tribune. “Healdsburg Printing had weathered this better than some, but it’s getting harder for local newspapers to remain in print, and this directly impacts their printer; our plights are symbiotic.”

The Tribune will continue to be printed, but in Hayward, Atkinson reports.
Also this week, Redding’s Silas Lyons noted the passing of an era with the Record Searchlight‘s press closure this year and move to printing in Chico.

“This retreat follows the industry trends – few newspapers can justify keeping their own press running anymore unless they have other publications to print, too,” writes Lyons, who is executive editor for Gannett’s newsrooms in Northern and Central California and Nevada. “Ours will be sold as scrap – nobody’s buying printing presses.”

CNPA’s Allied Members include companies that print newspapers and magazines. CNPA’s Membership Committee is pushing hard in the New Year to ensure that printers are part of the association for the benefit of publishers who still print … and for the printers’ own futures.
If your printer is your proud partner and should be part of CNPA, please email us the company name. We’ll take it from there.