Behind the Scenes at the Valley Times

The Valley Times often featured stories about the paper’s operations and staff. Here are some images from a photo essay that ran on July 19, 1960 showing how the Valley Times covered the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.

Photographer Larry Paulson, Order #00109127

Photographer Larry Paulson, Order #00109127

In the news room – This is a section in the newsroom of the main office of the Valley Times [which was located at 11109 Magnolia Boulevard, North Hollywood] where convention news was prepared for the day’s editions. Copy arrived in an unending stream from all the sources of this newspaper shown on this page, supplemented by Associated Press, United Press International and City News Service. Executive editor Jackson Berger, standing at left, checks stories with managing editor Almer Isackson, seated. City editor Ade Banks, right, processes stories from staff members, which are handed to John Hoggatt, news editor, second from right, for layout on convention pages.”

Meanwhile at the Los Angeles Sports Arena…

Photographer Gordon Dean, Order #00109129

Photographer Gordon Dean, Order #00109129

Lady Bird ‘sings’ – Valley Times reporter Dave Holland interviews Lady Bird Johnson, wife of Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, for personal story of the wife of one of the major contending candidates.

 

 

 

 

 

“Valley Times staff writer Joyce Lambeau takes time out from her duties as convention Golden Girl hostess to buttonhole Sam Rayburn, speaker of the House, and quiz him on his candidate, Texas Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson.”

Photographer Gordon Dean, Order #0010934

Photographer Gordon Dean, Order #0010934

“Valley Times reporter Jack Langguth, center, questions colorful Michigan Gov. G. Mennen ‘Soapy’ Williams on his ideas of Democratic convention progress. Photographer George Brich, left, records scene on film. Michigan governor led anti-Lyndon Johnson movement.”  

Photographer Jon Woods, Order #00109137

Photographer Jon Woods, Order #00109137

“Gordon Dean, right, chief Valley Times photographer, checks camera with photographer Jon Woods to make sure equipment is ready for fast-breaking story on convention floor.”

Order#00109131

Order#00109131

“Political writer John McDonald pounds out analysis of convention news. Besides complete news coverage and colorful sidelights, Valley Times featured interpretations of important events.” 

Photographer Jon Woods, Order#00109132

Photographer Jon Woods, Order#00109132

“Marr McGaffin, of the Valley Times convention bureau, makes final check on his story before teletype operator Vonna Bairston transmits story out of bureau at convention headquarters, transmitting news immediately after it broke.” 

Photographer Jon Woods, Order#00109136

Photographer Jon Woods, Order#00109136

To view more from this series and the Valley Times, visit the Photo Collection at lapl.org

 

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