Seth Meyers nails it with this parody: Newspaper Movie
Planning to go see “The Post.” If you’re not familiar with it, here’s a good synopsis.
Movie makers get a lot of things right and other are just dead wrong. Anyone who has been around a newspaper print press knows that they are not only very noisy, but also greasy.
This scene (screen capped from the movie’s trailer) most likely would never had happened. I doubt that Washing Post Publisher Katharine Graham would have climbed up to the top of the press to watch it. If she had, I can guarantee you that would be the end of that dress.
On a modern press this may be believable, but in 1971, presses looked more along the lines of this undated photo from The Boston Globe:
This is usually how publishers check the press run, or the rare occasion they go down to the pressroom:
The fact that I could not find any photos of a big city newspaper publisher in the pressroom shows you how ofter they get down there.
BTW, Graham busted the pressman’s union just 4 years later. Read more about it from a non-WP source.
Stumbled across the trailer for “Baby Driver,” last night. The synopsis according to Rotten Tomatoes:
A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.
And The Atlanta Journal-Constitution makes a very brief appearance, but FYI, there is nowhere or nothing in Atlanta that locals call “The Hub.”
The AJC’s marketing department must have been involved, because this is a pretty accurate depiction of what the newspaper actually looks like.
Even the old AJC buildings make an appearance:
The AJC is no longer at this location, having donated it to the City of Atlanta back in 2010-ish. However, this shot is located in the alley between the printing plant and the main newspaper building on the right.
Back in the day, delivery trucks would load up on the docks, left, and clog up the alley. I have no idea what the city now uses the printing plant for. The presses were demolished when the AJC moved out.
On the right, in the foreground, is the newspaper building, but what you can see more of is the former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. The feds packed up their money and moved to midtown Atlanta years ago. The building now houses the State Bar of Georgia.
If you look at the two squares high above the yellow van, those were the security windows so the guards could see the garage into the Federal Reserve. What you can’t see is the old furnace, where the Feds used to burn currency. I recall when they did this green sludge would run out from it and run down the center of the alley.