Dicke meets his first deadline — barely — but 9 p.m. is only the
beginning. Deadline for the first local edition is 10:45, followed
by another at midnight, and a final call half an hour later. When
Dicke finally packs up to leave just after 12:30 a.m., Lillie
Dremeaux is still plotting out the next morning’s home page and
preparing to hand overnight duties to an editor in Hong Kong. In a
previous era, after the last page was sent to the printer, an
editor would ring a bell, walk toward the door, and holler “Good
night!” to mostly no one, because there was no one left to yell
at. Dicke looks around at colleagues midshift, their eyes pinned
to computer screens.
“We no longer do that,” he says.