Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

An Advocate of the Press

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

An Advocate of the Press

Article excerpt

SINCE 1986, Jeff Iddles has worked behind the scenes to produce thousands of editions of the Coffs Coast Advocate.

Yesterday, Jeff said a bittersweet farewell to The Advocate as he looks ahead to bigger and brighter ventures.

Jeff's career in the world of newspapers began in 1970 when he took up an apprenticeship as a compositor at the Sydney Morning Herald.

They were the days when papers were produced by hot metal typesetting - prior to the advent of digital printing.

In 1980 Jeff relocated to the Coffs Coast, and after six years out of the industry, he received a phone call from a production manager of the Advocate asking if he was interested in a job.

He took up the offer, starting on June 17, 1986.

In those days, the production room of the Advocate was a hive of activity, with staff working towards tight daily deadlines.

"Newspapers were done a lot differently to how they're done now and working in hot metal was considered a real craft," Jeff said. …

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