Laser imaging systems are becoming a key factor in the efforts of newspapers to further automate their pre-press production processes. Already there exists electronic cameras, platemakers, news-photo facsimile, full page facsimile, color separators and typesetters that use lasers as the exposure source. In general the main driving force for the use of laser exposure systems is their easy compatibility with digital systems. Other key factors in their initial success are labor savings, reduced consumables costs, improved quality and improved speed. For the future, laser imaging systems may prove to be the most suited technology to implement the truly "all electronically produced" newspaper.