CRIME Fall Competitions Open Tonight for '54-'55

Described by the Daily Dartmouth as "the best undergraduate paper in the country," the CRIMSON welcomes all sophomores and juniors to its fall competition tonight at 7:30 p.m. The address is 14 Plympton St.

The CRIMSON is divided into four boards: news, editorial, business, and photographic. Although candidates work mainly on the board they choose, those who are elected can branch out into any or all of the other three departments.

News Room Center

The news room is the center of the paper. Each day editors check an assignment sheet tacked up by the Managing Editor on the wall across from the night editor's desk. A few of the day's stories are assigned, but most of the news comes in from the editors themselves. The editorial topics are discussed and assigned twice a week.

Businessmen and women (the Radcliffe board) work in the morning, setting up the ads on the stone and giving the Managing Editor a dummy which tells him how many news inches he has to fill. As a rule, the news copy runs in the vicinity of 200 inches.


By 5 p.m. when the business board calls it a day, the photographers have their negatives in the acid. Later, the negatives are set on the engraving machine, and are taken from there straight to the stone.

The night editor tries to send the copy down to be set in type as soon as possible. He edits all copy including the Notice Column and the Associated Press news, which streams in steadily all evening from the teletype. Sometime around 2:30 a.m. the might editor and his proofer go out for a last cup of coffee, while the press rolls out 4500 copies of Cambridge's only breakfast daily.