Capturing Journalism in the Moment: Day and Night at Haaretz

A special edition of Haaretz's Photo Blog celebrating the newspaper's 100th anniversary

Daniel Tchetchik
Daniel Tchetchik
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7:00 P.M.  Looking out from Schocken 21
7:00 P.M. Looking out from Schocken 21.

The newspaper lands on your doorstep, like a declaration that a new day has arrived. It hits the ground with an assertive strike as it lands.

I remove the rubber band, read the front page, leaf through the paper towards the Gallery section. I glance at the articles and photos by colleagues, translated articles, sports, culture, and back to the news. As unconsciously as brushing my teeth and washing my face, the paper has landed on my doorstep for almost 30 years, and for almost 20 years I've been part of its editorial staff. Much has changed in that time – in effect the entire country has changed its shape – and the newspaper has changed formats as well. An analog world has expanded and become digital.

6:31 A.M. The night-watchman at the end of the shift
6:31 A.M. The night guard at the end of his shift.
9:17 A.M.: Haaretz news desk
9:17 A.M. The Haaretz news desk.
10:13 A.M.: A worker searching for an historical detail in the articles archive
10:13 A.M. A worker searches for a historical detail in the archive.
12:35 P.M. Welfare and internal affairs reporter Lee Yaron and photographer Ilan Assayag in Bnei Ayish
12:35 P.M. Welfare and internal affairs reporter Lee Yaron and photographer Ilan Assayag in Bnei Ayish.
Local Testimony
Local Testimony.
Ilan, the photographer, makes sure everyone is in place
Ilan, the photographer, makes sure that everyone is in the right place.
A look from the sideline
Watching from the sidelines.
2:25 P.M.: Haaretz digital archive
2:25 P.M. The digital archive, photos of Ayelet Shaked and Hebrew Book Week.
2:40 P.M.: TheMarker desk at work
2:40 P.M. TheMarker news desk in action.
3 P.M.: light tables, in the past they were used to sort photos on film, and are now used as lighting for plants in the scanning department
3:00 P.M. Light tables. In the past, they were used to sort through photographs, but today they're used to grow houseplants in windowless departments.
3:15 P.M.: Yaffa, works at Haaretz over 20 years
3:15 P.M. Yaffa, works at Haaretz for more than 20 years.
3:35 P.M.: The stairway at the Schocken building
3:35 P.M. The stairwell in the Schocken building.
5:05 P.M.: Keeping Haaretz clean
5:05 P.M. Keeping Haaretz clean.
6:35 P.M.: Cigarette break in Haaretz parking lot
6:35 P.M. A cigarette break in the Haaretz parking lot.
7:00 P.M.  Looking out from Schocken 21
7:00 P.M. Looking out from Schocken 21.
7:35 P.M.: Haaretz.com news desk
7:35 P.M. Haaretz English Edition news desk.
10:23 P.M.: TheMarker, nearing closing time
10:23 P.M. TheMarker, shortly before closing.
12:10 A.M.: Receiving the materials at the printing office
12:10 A.M. Receiving the materials at the printing office.
1:20 A.M.: Preparing to print
1:20 A.M. Preparing to print.
1:35 A.M.: Color balance
1:35 A.M. Color balancing.
2:40 A.M.: The warrior's rest
2:40 A.M. Rest for the weary.
3:55 A.M.: Almost ready
3:55 A.M. Almost ready.
4:15 A.M.: Starting the paper route
4:15 A.M. Distribution begins.
6AM The paper at home
6 A.M. The paper arrives.

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