Newspaper, community go hand in hand
This week marks 75 years of celebrating National Newspaper Week, a specific week set aside to recognize the importance a newspaper plays in the community. Yet it marks centuries of existence of a news medium welcomed into homes and hearts, informing people of life’s happenings.
Freedom of the press marks one of the First Amendment rights in the U.S. Constitution, protecting the public’s right to know.
I was born with ink in my blood, so to speak, which started a generation prior. My father’s personal fascination for newspapering began at age 9 when he worked in the back shop of the Grover news office. His love grew for the printed word as well as for the community happenings it documented. Current events became history.
His love for the industry found him getting involved in other newspapers wherever my grandfather’s school superintendent job took the family.
Sixty-three years ago, opportunity landed Dad in southwest Nebraska at the Imperial Republican. His love for newspapers accompanied him, and his love for Imperial, Neb., quickly developed. They truly went hand in hand.
Community is what newspapers are all about, especially in rural America. The newspaper shares personal stories, promotes business and economic achievement, records school happenings and shares emotion, both exciting and sad. It’s like a letter from home. It serves as that watchdog to keep government officials honest, maintaining that commitment of seeking the truth in order to inform.
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Holyoke Enterprise October 8, 2015