How the End of Typewriters Impacted on the Quality of Sports Writing
When sports writers switched from manual portable typewriters to laptops, most notably at the time of the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games, the change impacted greatly on the way they wrote and filed copy from international sports venues. This, in turn, was reflected in the quality of the writing they produced. They operated under the same conditions and deadlines, yet gone were the copytakers who re-typed their stories, and the tiers of re-reading and editing before publication were reduced by half. Journalists found that with laptops, the way they planned and constructed stories, and checked and filed them, was very different from when they used typewriters and produced “hard copy”.
Bio: Robert Messenger was born in New Zealand in 1948. He was a sports writer for daily metropolitan newspapers in New Zealand, Australia, England and Ireland for 47 years, covering Olympic Games and many other international sporting events. He has been collecting typewriters and blogging about typewriter history for the past 20 years. oz.Typewriter Blog.