By TAYLOR DESMOND
Every month, student reporters circulate the campus and community, compiling information to pour into their articles as they individually add pages and photographs to the Carmel Sandpiper. The paper is organized by three girls sitting in front of Apple computers, and once it’s complete, the file uploaded to a website hosted by FolgerGraphics.
The Hayward-based printing company has seven people on the sales team, but the file is handled by Carlos Armenta, who passes the baton to editors who look over the digital copy. Assuming everything goes as planned, the PDF is filed from Carmel High School by Tuesday at 3 p.m. A combination of efforts from prepress manager Matthew Revak’s team goes through the processing and makes sure all of the low-resolution photos will print properly and clear.
All the lettering supposed to be black must be a true black, not mixed with looking magenta or teal instead of the solid print, and the team substitutes photos with the direct source via emails. They also make sure page sizes are consistent when they marry the work that the editors at CHS complete, and once everything is checked over and the half inch margins are even, it’s sent off to printing.
From there, everything is processed and the newspaper goes through digital editors, color keying, page counts, folds, in dates, out dates and plating. Here, everything begins to come together in a more tangible setting.
Huge rolls of paper are stacked on top of each other, almost hitting the ceiling of the warehouse as they were being prepared to go through the huge printing machine. They were actually so heavy and bulky that they had to use a machine to get the rolls down. The Carmel Sandpiper isn’t printed on the highest priced white toned paper, but instead opted for a recycled newsprint look.
It is fed into a huge machine lathered with red, yellow, blue and black paint in a color tower that runs the roll of paper through and prints page after page on one long sheet. When Carmel’s newspaper was all black and white with the exception of a color middle and outer page, it was easy to just print everything through the black and white paint roller.
The class recently decided to run the paper in full color for the rest of the year, and while it costs more money because it is more labor intensive, the ending product looks very put together. As the paper twists and turns through the machine, it separates the roll into two sections and it begins to move into the next room.
From there, the paper is folded and organized, being draped over a different machine all together, operated by a variety of workers playing some music to counteract the loud noises. The paper is cut when it is finished being folded and nestled into place, followed by being wrapped into bundles tied with a thick string in the most satisfying way. It’s flipped over and bound before joining the rest of the papers.
The Carmel Sandpiper prints 2,500 copies of each edition of the newspaper, and it reaches the high school on Thursday by the time class starts. Students take the newspapers out of their bundles and clip the string binding off, distributing the newspapers to every classroom on campus, the main buildings such as library and office, and in every teacher’s inbox in the faculty room. A digital PDF of the newspaper is sent to every parent’s email.
Students go home with newspapers under their arms, bringing them all over the community. It stretches to Mid Valley Safeway to Bruno’s in Carmel, making sure everyone has the opportunity to pick one up and read through all of the student-written articles.
During class, the web editor—me—posts every article on the newspaper’s website while the rest of the students pull the desks into a circle and begin their ideas for the next issue. Ideas are written down onto a Google document and its word is law, citing how long the stories have to be and what advertisements need to be placed onto the digital version of the newspaper in order to fill up every page.
FolgerGraphics manages school newspapers across the county and closer to Hayward, where their warehouse is located, but also offers shipping to schools further away, as is the case with CHS. Armenta often makes trips down to Carmel with his wife regularly, dropping off complimentary notepads and pens to the school whenever he has a chance.