Prepress / Output Operator

TITLE: Prepress Technician / Output Operator

DEPARTMENT: Operations/ Prepress

REPORTS TO: Prepress Manager


Prepress team member responsible for outputting pages to Platemaking and posting the E-edition, while ensuring quality reproduction. Outputs and proofs products while meeting established deadlines.


  1. Creates publications of the MTM print products using the Output System for processing pages to Platemaking. Includes assigning color positions, double trucks, pairing tabs.
  2. Assembles electronic versions of appropriate products for upload to the e-edition site.
  3. Produces and exports Classified and Obit pages from the Advertising System in preparation for outputting to Platemaking. Includes applying rules as needed.
  4. Tracks call in & output time for pages. Produces page flow email report on a nightly basis tracking deadline adherence and problems encountered.
  5. Coordinates with Editorial on Obit placement and run-over as needed.
  6. Documents procedures relating to the job. Updates as needed.
  7. Communicates with Prepress supervisor and co-workers to contribute to the smooth and efficient operation of the department.
  8. Communicates with external departments and customers to ensure highest level of service is delivered.
  9. Other duties and functions as assigned reasonably associated with the position.




MTM employees are held accountable to four core values. These values set the baseline standards for individual job performance, as it relates to the essential functions and competencies of the position.

  1. Excellence in work – Demonstrates commitment to performing work at the highest standards.
  2. Embraces innovation- Embraces change and demonstrates dedication to continuous improvement to drive business results.
  3. Exceeds customer expectations – Demonstrates the highest possible customer service (both internal and external).
  4. Collaborates as a team member – Recognizes that all departments contribute to the goals of the organization.



  • Technical skills including:

o   Proficiency with Page Output software.

o   Proficiency with Advertising Production software.

o   Experience with advanced desktop publishing applications such as
Adobe InDesign, Photoshop & Acrobat.

o   Experience with Editorial Front End System for tasks related to Prepress

o   Experience with electronic communications; email, browsers, ftp

  • Other prior experience including but not limited to: database systems, excellent communication skills, listening, problem solving abilities and the ability to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Results driven.
  • Takes initiative.
  • Team player and collaborator.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.



High School education or the equivalent work experience.



Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

This is largely a sedentary role; however, the position may be required to assist the team with event set up or other marketing initiatives which may require occasional lifting, twisting, bending and carrying of materials up to 20 pounds to/from a venue or between offices.


Please note that this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change during the course of employment and as the business needs change.


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