Joe McQuaid's Publisher's Notebook: Age may change, but not our standards
And the thought is that the Union (the oldest part of the New Hampshire Union Leader) begins its 152nd year today as an ongoing daily newspaper. Its origins are even older than March 31, 1863. Its ties to weekly papers go back to 1842.
Newspapers, more than most media, have had the ability and the resources to put together a community of information on a regular basis that allows a community of readers to be better informed than they would otherwise be. When I look back at old newspapers, which I also love to do, I get a wonderful sense of slices of the history of a particular community.
That has its pluses and minuses. We can report things quicker but it remains important to remember that what we do is that "first draft." Stories change. Time provides room to develop new information. The print deadlines for a daily newspaper came once or twice in a 24-hour cycle. That seems quaint by today's Internet standards.
But it is no tougher or more challenging, I would guess, than when some hearty souls got together on a snowy day 151 years ago in Manchester, gathered their notes, and hand-picked the type for the first issue of this daily paper.
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