A complete electronic news operation in the NEC: that is how the staff of The Engineer will bring you our daily news update of what’s happening at Manufacturing Week: the Show Daily.
Our journalists will be out and about on the floor of APME, DES and VE&D seeking out the best stories and most interesting product launches and taking photographs with our spanking new digital camera.
Then it’s back to our editorial office in the NEC press centre, where, with the latest information technology (well, Word 5.1 at any rate) we write the stories and upload them, along with the pictures, to our London editorial office by ISDN.
Throughout Tuesday we will be filing stories for Wednesday’s issue of Show Daily, with a deadline for the last stories of 4pm.
In London our production staff will sub-edit the copy, lay out and headline the pages, and send them electronically to our pre-press company in Margate.
Here, the layouts are converted into a format suitable for our printers and sent on, again electronically. Finally the files come back almost to where they started – Cradley Print, at Cradley Heath, just down the road from the NEC. It’s here that our words and pictures are committed to paper for the first time.
Show Daily is printed overnight and delivered to the NEC by 8am the next day to be distributed to each stand before the day’s visitors start arriving.
Meanwhile, aided only by NEC coffee, we will be starting the whole process all over again for the next day’s issue.
Exhibitors who’ve struck a big deal, have an unusual stand or a story they think the world should know about can contact us at the show. See the cover of Tuesday’s Show Daily for details.