Behind the headlines

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 April, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 April, 1998, 12:00am

A newspaper provides value for money - that is how a group of Junior Police Call (JPC) members felt after their visit to a newspaper in Kowloon Bay.

The youths said the production procedure was very complicated and costly.

Led by Police Public Relations Branch officials, representatives of the JPC newsletter Readers' Club produced a number of community newspapers.

Members were first briefed on news reporting, editing, typesetting, layout design and printing. They were then taken to the typesetting and layout sections to see the computerised page-making system.

'Doing layouts on a computer is fast.

'Advanced technology saves time,' Tai Po JPC Wong Pak-shing said after the visit.

The process of storing pictures in a computer by using a scanner was also fascinating, the JPCs said.

In the printing room, they were surprised by the speed of machines that turned newsprint into newspapers.