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Now printed off-site: Decades after installation, News-Star printing press has final run in Shawnee

Kim Morava
The Shawnee News-Star
Head Pressman Charles "Smitty" Smith shows the last News-Star (July 25-26, 2020 Weekender edition) be printed on the News-Star's retiring press. The News-Star now prints its papers at a sister location in Bartlesville.

The July 28, 2020 edition of The Shawnee News-Star was the first issue printed off-site on our sister newspaper’s press in Bartlesville. The July 25-26 Weekender edition was the last run for the News-Star’s retiring press.

The Goss Urbanite Press was installed in 1974 and has been a workhorse in the News-Star’s back shop, producing millions of newspapers in the past 46 years.

Despite the retirement of the press and a new physical printing location for the newspaper, The Shawnee News-Star is continuing normal operations in downtown Shawnee. Reporters from the newsroom are still gathering information and writing stories, while designers are still putting together each page. Office staff, as well as circulation and advertising employees, are still serving customers as the team works to produce a newspaper each day.

The last edition (July 25-26, 2020 Weekender) to be printed on the News-Star's Goss Urbanite press before its retirement.
The News-Star's off-set press when installed in 1974.
Then News-Star Editor and Publisher Ross U. Porter looks at the first paper off the Goss Urbanite Press in 1974.

Because newspapers are now printed off-site, earlier press deadlines are in place to allow plenty of time for papers to be printed in Bartlesville and  trucked to Shawnee for regular delivery. If you have any questions, please email newsroom@news-star.com, send us Facebook message or call the front desk at (405) 273-4200.