Retired PD reporter reflects on local news before the internet

There was the clacking of electric typewriters. The whoosh of news copy going down the tube. Rows and rows of reporters at their desks with no dividers between them. Phones ringing. Teletype machine clinking. Puffs of cigarette smoke in the air. This was The Press Democrat newsroom Randi Rossmann walked into in 1981 when she was first hired as a 22-year-old college graduate. It was vibrant, loud and a bit disheveled. “The whole newsroom felt bigger. There was more of a cavern feeling to it. It…

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