It Calls You Back, Chapter 9
"I asked for a writing/photography job. I showed them a few things I'd published - in my high school newspaper, for Cal State's MEChA newspaper, a letter to the editor. They seemed impressed. People poised towards writing were rare finds. They also asked if I'd work the darkroom, developing film and operating a halftone camera, a large mechanical contraption that resided photos and made halftone reproductions for the layout editors. I said sure, I wanted to learn.
With a camera and a notepad, I covered car accidents, gang shootings, weddings, and graduations. I overworked at this job, which paid hundreds of dollars less a week than I had made in industry. As the only photo developer at EGP, I also spent many hours a week in the darkroom, set up next to the layout room. I developed rolls of black-and-white film in canisters. We used the old method with chemicals - developer, fixer, running water. I made contact sheets that Jonathan used to pick out the pictures I then developed for the newspapers."