Monster machines leave a paper trail

PUBLISHED : Friday, 11 January, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 11 January, 2002, 12:00am

How often do you read a newspaper?

Producing a newspaper is not easy. It involves a lot of staff and technology.

Twenty students from St Francis of Assisi's College, who visited the South China Morning Post offices in Tai Po recently, describe everything they saw.

The Post building impressed me the most. It is modern and specifically designed for newspaper production.

After the visit, I understood how technology can improve our lives and hasten the flow of news. Perhaps in the future newspapers will develop into a paperless medium so that news can be communicated more immediately.

Lau Tak-kit

The huge rolls of paper used to print the news on were most interesting. They are not as dirty as I thought - in fact it is the ink which sometimes smudges or rubs off on your hands that makes it dirty. Most staff work at night so in the day the building is quiet.

Suki Ho Yin-kwan

There were a lot of huge machines which ran automatically. It was amazing that the machines could print about 60,000 newspapers in an hour and they could fold the papers together automatically.

Ng Wing-ting

I gained a lot of insight from visiting the Post centre.

The machines were hi-tech and I was impressed by their massive size. Employees were diligent and their attitude was very positive.

Ivan Chan

Parties interested in visiting the Morning Post Centre may contact the Marketing and Communications Department at 2565-2410 for details.

Due to overwhelming requests, space is limited on a first-come-first-served basis.