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Bummer! A black and white newspaper

Dale Shrull
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Do not adjust your newspaper ” it’s really black and white.

In this modern world of newspaper publishing, black and white photographs have gone the way of $2 a gallon gasoline.

But in these modern days of newspaper publishing, there’s still a big machine that puts ink on paper, and when that big machine breaks down, we have a problem.



Without getting into the details of how a printing press works, the bottom line is that black and white printing involves less machinery, less moving parts.

That’s what happened last night. Our printing press in Gypsum had some problems and the result was a black and white Post Independent. We had to go to press around 8 p.m. so we had no late scores on the sports page and we were really scrambling to finish as quickly as possible.



It’s never a good time when this happens. Although, yesterday we were really looking forward to publishing photographer’s Kara K. Pearson’s photos from the Glenwood Springs High School prom. A very colorful variety of the big dance that really captured the essence of the annual event.

Colorful ” you’ll have to take my word for it. But I just can’t let those photos fade away, or in this case, fade to black and white.

You can see the color photos here at postindependent.com. But I also want to get them published in the newspaper. So, that’s why we plan to publish Kara’s prom photos on Sunday’s Panorama page. Be sure to check that out. Hopefully, that big machine in Gypsum will do its part to help us out.

Kelley Cox also had a nice photo of a dog. He had the prettiest eyes ” you know, a photo just loses its impact when you have to explain it with words.

The business side of this situation is that all those advertisements that were suppose to be color were also black and white.

When that black and white newspaper welcomes you in the morning, it really makes you realize how color brightens our day.

So many things can go wrong in this profession when we’re trying to put out a morning paper every day. A printing press breaking down is just one of them.

Hopefully, we’ll return a little color to your morning real soon.


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