You might have heard of the regional daily newspaper La Dépêche du Midi.
One of the largest press groups in France that also owns the daily “Midi Libre” and the rugby newspaper “Le Midi Olympique”. But have you ever had the chance to visit the backstage of a major newspaper?
Tariffs and conditions
Adult tariff: €10
Reduced tariff: €8.50
Free for children under 6 years old.
• Prior reservation required
• Proof of identity is required on the day of the visit
• Tours available for groups and individual visitors
• Duration: 1h30
• For security reasons, visitors are requested to leave their bags on their bus or in their vehicles.
• Tours scheduled in the morning or in the afternoon.
• Tours scheduled in the evening.
• Tours are possible from Monday to Saturday afternoon, excluding public holidays.
Meeting point for the tour:
Avenue Jean Baylet – 31100 Toulouse
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For persons of reduced mobility : please contact us
Do you want to discover behind the scenes? La Dépêche du Midi invites you into the wings… Where does news come from, and how is it processed, printed and dispatched to your local news agent? You will discover each step in the process of producing a newspaper during your journey through the different workplaces.
1. The editorial room where news is processed.
2. The CAP workshop where pictures and advertisements are integrated.
3. The offset plate workshop using CTP technology.
4. The impressive rotary press room that can print up to 23 copies per second.
5. The dispenser that supplies the rotary presses and the paper store or “Cathedral of Paper”.
6. The shipping room where the newspapers are bundled and dispatched.
7. The shipping platform that dispatches the newspapers to 3,700 newsagents, travelling a total of 17,000 kms each night.
This immersive experience allows you to be in contact with and understand the numerous professions that make up a press company, and enjoy an up-close view of some impressive machinery such as the rotary printing presses.
After a short introduction at the reception desk, your guide will take you to the editorial room. Here, he will present the various professions in the field of journalism (editors, press photographers, editorial secretaries), how news items are selected, how the information is obtained, verified, processed and set out on page, whether it is on paper or in a digital format. The museum area will tell you all about the long history of La Dépêche du Midi from its creation in 1870 by Joseph Sirven, a printor from Toulouse. Old photographs will reveal how the profession and working conditions have evolved. A collection of machines and equipment (such as a linotype machine or a stereotype) illustrate the evolution of printing techniques from letterpress printing, used until 1979, to the offset technique that is used today.
The CAP (Computer Assisted Publishing) workshop is home to the team of graphic designers. They produce advertisements and design page layouts and submit the pages of the newspaper that are then sent to be printed. You will learn how CMYK colour photos are processed and which printing formats are used. The visit of the printing facility begins with the offset plate workshop. What do these consist of? They are aluminium plates that are coated in a photosensitive film that will receive the image that is to be printed onto paper. These offset plates are then placed onto the rollers of the rotary press and will be coated with the ink that will be printed onto the paper. This technique has been in use since 1979 at La Dépêche du Midi. Then it is time to discover the two Heidelberg rotary presses that print and assemble up to 23 papers per second at full speed.
We will then go down and see the dispensers that unwind the rolls of paper that are then fed into the rotary press. In some cases we will be lucky enough to see the rolls of paper being prepared by the operators and brought from storage by robot. Keep your eyes peeled! We will now make our way through the paper storage area, also known as the Cathedral of Paper, due to the tall columns that are created from stacks of paper rolls. Rolls weigh between 600 and 1,300 kg depending on their size, and measure up to 23 kilometres long when unwound. Paper storage covers an area of 2,300 m2 and also houses five ink tanks to supply the rotary presses.
Let us continue this immersive experience with the shipping platform where we find the newspapers that have been bundled after coming out of the printing press. These bundles are automatically guided to the platform that corresponds to their destination. They are then loaded onto trucks that will dispatch them to the four corners of the region.
The final stage of the tour takes place in the bundling room where the papers are packaged and delivered to subscribers and the 3,700 outlets for the newspaper in the region.