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Today is the last official day in print for WWD's daily newspaper. To mark the end of the era, the paper's Editor-in-Chief, Edward Nardoza, published an article looking back at WWD's century in print:
Decades ago, anxious reporters smoked at their desks, manual typewriters clacked, Linotypes pumped, Teletypes hummed and pneumatic tubes (the latest miracle technology at the time) carried wire reports from floor to floor through the old Fairchild building on East 12th Street. When deadline descended, colossal presses in the basement cranked up and thundered through the floors. Old-timers still talk about how the presses shook the entire building, quite a romantic coda to a day's work of reporting inside the daily news cycle. At one time, newsboys even delivered an afternoon edition of the paper.
All is not lost, however. WWD has promised weekly print editions and a downloadable PDF of the news each day. "Find us everywhere, whenever and wherever you choose," Nardoza writes. "Although a daily printing press no longer shakes our floors when the sun sets, we guarantee our servers will be stressed to the max."