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BEHIND THE SCENES: Ron Jensen and the production of a print newspaper

By Kaikang Wang, Laura Kebede, Nick Michael
December 13, 2011 | 6:16 p.m. CST

In 1971, Richard M. Nixon was president, the anti-Vietnam War movement was in full swing and the 26th Amendment lowered the voting age to 18. That same year, Ron Jensen was hired at the Columbia Missourian as a part-time proofreader. Today, Jensen is "the lone remaining full-time production guy in what's left of the Missourian's back shop."

Take a look behind the scenes of how the process of printing a newspaper was done 40 years ago, and how things have changed.


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