‘-30-’: An End­ing, But Not the End, by Michelle Malkin

<div>'-30-': An Ending, But Not the End, by Michelle Malkin</div>

When I first start­ed writ­ing news­pa­per edi­to­ri­als and columns for the Los Ange­les Dai­ly News in Novem­ber 1992, I learned that “-30-” (pro­nounced “dash thir­ty dash”) was the journalist’s code for let­ting an edi­tor know where your copy end­ed. Most media his­to­ri­ans believe the type­set­ting mark orig­i­nat­ed when news was filed by tele­graph. West­ern Union’s famous mid-19th-cen­tu­ry 92 Code of numer­i­cal short­hand sig­nals lists the mean­ing of “-30-” as:
“No more — the end.”
I pre­fer the def­i­n­i­tion in Webster’s Dic­tio­nary:
“A sign of com­ple­tion.”
From 1992–1999, …