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Did you know a deadline was an actual line on a printing press and anything that was typeset after that line would be cut off? Turns out, much of our journalism vernacular comes from the printing presses of a bygone era. 

By Tamara Baluja, Associate Editor

Did you know a deadline was an actual line on a printing press and anything that was typeset after that line would be cut off? Or that a “slug” wasn’t just the name of a story?

Turns out, much of our journalism vernacular comes from the printing presses of a bygone era.

CBC reporter Jody Porter walked J-Source through the printing press process at University of Toronto’s Massey College, where she apprenticed while on a fellowship. 


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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.