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The Argus-Press goes to the cloud with ProImage’s NewsWayX

Argus-Press publisher Tom Campbell, left, along with press operators Scott Carroll and Bill McMann use NewsWayX to monitor page and plate production from the pressroom in Owosso, Michigan. With the cloud-based system, the three can keep an eye on the workflow on their phones when they’re between shifts on the weekends. No more coming into work too early for the Friday and Saturday night press runs when late sports coverage pushes back the deadline.
Argus-Press publisher Tom Campbell, left, along with press operators Scott Carroll and Bill McMann use NewsWayX to monitor page and plate production from the pressroom in Owosso, Michigan. With the cloud-based system, the three can keep an eye on the workflow on their phones when they’re between shifts on the weekends. No more coming into work too early for the Friday and Saturday night press runs when late sports coverage pushes back the deadline.
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The Argus-Press in Owosso, Michigan, replaced its local workflow with the cloud-based ProImage NewsWayX production workflow to enjoy the cloud-based solution's speed and flexibility.

The Argus-Press, a Michigan-based, family-owned, independent newspaper, produces more than 50 individual newspaper titles on a commercial printing basis.  Its flagship newspaper — The Argus-Press — has weekly circulation of 5,500 and Sunday (in combination with The Argus Weekly) of 26,000.

Given the volume of titles and the necessary oversight, it is beneficial to the production team to have the speed and flexibility of a cloud-based system instead of the locally-served system they previously relied on.

As Tom Campbell, president and publisher of The Argus-Press, states: “We appreciate the processing speed and the ability to see our workflow operation in real-time.”

The cloud-based NewsWayX provides full access to the system, and the integrated interface enables tracking and managing production from any computer. Remote users can view the production progress, workflow steps, pages, or plates and perform a variety of operations required to manage production.

For The Argus-Press, fan-out control, visible page/plate version changes, customization of plate layouts, and last but not least, the price of the cloud service made this a rather easy decision to implement ProImage. Additionally, as an Agfa plate customer, the Argus-Press was able to roll the cost of the NewsWayX solution into its existing Agfa plate agreement.

The newspaper employs a well-maintained but seasoned Urbanite press that was never engineered to print four-color with tight registration. Highly proficient press operators and the new NewsWayX now provide excellent print results. 

Campbell explains: “We use several fan-out sets to compensate for web growth on press. NewsWayX makes it very easy to flip yellow separation in the edition plan for direct printing. We also currently use two different ink optimization plans. One for newsprint and one for offset grade paper. We use automatic approval for pages, but manual approval for plates.”

In addition, the cloud-based platform provides newfound flexibility by allowing staff and owner to work remotely on nights and weekends rather than coming into the office. The press crew has the ability to easily check on plate status for multiple publications and adjust their preparations accordingly.

Working with the ProImage team proved once again to be a successful and reliable partnership. The Argus-Press was on a tight timeline, and it only took the ProImage team roughly three weeks to implement the workflow system. As Campbell reports: “We have found the staff to be very helpful in getting us set up and operational. We have also encountered their tech support to be proactive — at least once they detected that we had a problem before we did and reached out to us.”

As for the future, Campbell contemplates the addition of an e-edition that could be automated by the PDF export capabilities of NewsWayX. Regardless of what the near future holds in regards to economic upheavals, The Argus-Press has moved forward technologically, which, as they state, "is already a benefit!"

About The Argus-Press:

The Argus-Press is a daily newspaper published in Owosso, Michigan. The name comes from two preceding papers: the Evening Argus and Press-American, which merged in 1916. The paper's earliest antecedent is the Owosso American, which was founded in 1854. Now in its fourth generation of active ownership, The Argus-Press is one of the few remaining independent, family-owned newspapers in the country.

About ProImage:

New ProImage, an Agfa Company, is a leading developer of browser-based automated workflow, ink optimization, press registration, color image processing and production tracking solutions for the commercial and newspaper printing and publishing industries. Using a standard internet browser, ProImage's advanced workflow technologies offer the printing industry flexible and feature-rich end-to-end automated workflow management.

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