This is the first of a new era of printing The Daily Beacon. As of today, the Beacon is being printed by the News Sentinel.
Staff at the Knoxville based paper said the change will benefit students at the University of Tennessee.
Keith Welch, an employee of the News Sentinel, said the new process of printing the paper will bring the paper to full use of 21st century technology.
"This change gives students more experience to deal with challenges of modern day technology in printing," he said.
Instead of the paper being partially laid out by hand at the university and then physically delivered for printing, all pages of the publication will now be fully electronically paginated and then transmitted from the Beacon office to the News Sentinel.
"We're basically going to be transmitting digital files across town," Welch said.
Welch and Bruce Carillon from the News Sentinel were on hand as consultants for the first deadline.
Lynne Nennstiel, assistant director for advertising, said the changes will affect the way the paper appears to its readers.
"We had to change the size of the paper," she said.
The paper will be printed on what is known as 50 inch narrow web, which moves the paper size to a smaller format. According to Nennstiel, the pages will be 1.5 inches narrower and 1 inch shorter. "This trend started years ago when papers realized it was much more cost effective to use less paper."
"Our columns and pages have to be similar (in format) to the News Sentinel," she said. "As a result, we will have full color on the front page every day."
Jane Pope, director of student publications, said the manual processes the Beacon had continued to use in page layouts are well known as part of the traditional offset printing process.
"This change in our contractor allows students at the Beacon to use technology we already have in place to produce fully electronic pages and transmit them," she said. "We have had superb support and consultation with the News Sentinel from managers and technical specialists to ensure a smooth transition."
Nennstiel said the new printing will not only benefit the reader, but the Beacon staff as well.
"Our goal is to better prepare our students for their career field."