Technology continues to evolve quickly, but the newsprint edition of the paper remains a daily miracle. WATCH THE PRESS ROLL HERE

CANANDAIGUA — There’s a captivating, timeless power to actually sitting down and quietly reading newsprint.

As technology rapidly changes and the world whizzes around us, the feeling and texture of having a newspaper in your hands is still timeless. The magic of newsprint begins with the dedicated workers who create, assemble and deliver it on a daily basis.

“The process of putting the ink down, putting water down on it and going real fast allows the image to actually print. It doesn’t print at a low speed,” said Messenger Post Media pressman Todd Van Dongen. “It’s kind of magic in a way when it just goes up and everything is clear and you have a newspaper all of a sudden.”

For Van Dongen, who is originally from Canandaigua, the community aspect of it helps motivate him.

“My grandma, for instance, she loves the newspaper and is very proud that I print. It’s nice to print the news and you feel important,” said Van Dongen. “You’ve got to want to do it, and that local connection makes it worth it.”

The printing presses are different, the technology is different — but a newspaper still contains the same three basic elements as it did the day the medium was born: paper, ink, and a story with impact.

The process and efforts comprising the print product represent a balance of sacrifice, teamwork and understanding the importance and the role of a community-printed newspaper.

“Our newspapers aren’t focused on providing you with all of the news that comes out of Washington but those closest to our daily lives.” said Rick Emanuel, publisher of the Daily Messenger. "We are fortunate that so many community members still value having their news delivered to them on a daily basis. While some look to us for their news in the digital form, both are great audiences that understand the tremendous value in being well informed.”

The Daily Messenger dates its origins to 1796 when it was established as the Genesee Messenger. It moved from its Phoenix Street location in 1971 to its current Buffalo Street location. In 1996 the Daily Messenger acquired the Monroe County weekly newspapers from Wolfe Publications. In November 2006, the daily paper along with the Post weeklies were purchased by Gatehouse Media from then publisher George Ewing Jr.

“I enjoy my job and the people I work with,” said Tom Hines, a retiree who keeps busy as a newspaper carrier. “It’s definitely challenging, especially during winter weather, but it’s nice to be a part of something important to people.”