Amateur Journalism in the APA

Hobby printing and amateur journalism (AJay) have long had a close relationship. Prior to the age of e-zines, blogs, and social media most amateur journalist who wanted to get their work out to an audience in a quality format had to, by necessity, become hobby printers as well. The APA was originally started by a couple of teenage amateur journalists who were frustrated with the politics of the AJay group they were a part of at the time. While the focused of the APA soon shifted to letterpress hobby printing, the kinship between the APA and amateur journalism movement remained and the early bundles were often filled with little 4-page journals. Many APA members printed their journals for distribution in both the APA bundle and the bundles of various AJay organizations. Here is just a small sampling of some of the many journals printed by APA members.

A Guide to Beginners in Amateur Journalism A Guide to Beginners in Amateur Journalism was writen by Joseph Bradburn in 1957 and provides a good introduction to Amateur Journalism. This edition was letterpress printed by Harold Smolin (APA#327) in 1977.
The Kentuckian The Kentuckian was a letterpress journal produced by Edward Tevis (APA#98).
Jamaica Joker Jamaica Joker was a letterpress journal produced by Bruce F. Towne (APA#191).

This issue provided by Janice Harbaug, a resident of Jamaica, IA where it was placed in a grocery bag by town grocer, Bruce Towne.

Towne Talk Towne Talk was a letterpress journal produced by Bruce F. Towne (APA#191).

7 issues between 1959 and 1970 are now online.

Siamese Standpipe Siamese Standpipe was a letterpress journal produced by Hellen Wesson (APA#357) & Sheldon C. Wesson (APA#307).
Type & Press Type & Press was a letterpress journal produced by Fred C. Williams (APA#332).

Six issues and numerous excerpts are now online.

The Battersean The Battersean was a letterpress journal produced by Howard G. Radcliffe (APA#362).
The Battersean The Cedar Mountain Sleeper was a letterpress journal produced by Norris T. Whitbeck (APA#555).

A search of this online index of NAPA Bundle Reports turns up a fair number of APA members.

Jake’s Journals, a blog dedicated to sharing journals collected by Jacob L Warner and his friends, has a number of APA member journals that can be read online.

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