In light of National Newspaper Week

Shawn Magrath

This week marks National Newspaper Week, a unique time to acknowledge local publications around the country and reflect on the newspaper as the cornerstone of a community. True, changes in technology and mass media have sent hundreds of newspapers into a tale spin in recent years (many of which are now defunct because of the lethal combination of 24-hour news networks and a rocky economy). But anyone who says print media is dead is lying. As a reporter for the Evening Sun, I hold my head up high in saying that Chenango County still has its home town daily that covers local news, and there’s plenty happening in the area. Sadly, it’s a title so many rural communities can’t claim anymore.

Anyhow, in the spirit of National Newspaper Week, I thought I could share a few points I’ve picked up during my time with The Evening Sun over the year.

• No one knows more about politics and economics than the refined scholars of ’30 seconds’
• People who have no problem being seen in public will still have a huge problem having their picture in a public newspaper
• Chenango County has 21 townships; I’m convinced that at least three of them don’t necessarily have to exist
• Some people will punch their own grandmother if it means reopening a public swimming pool
• News still happens between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 a.m.
• Good news is good for the community. Bad news is good for news organizations
• If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that everyone else is is always wrong
• Some people will read a headline, look at a photo and really believe they have a full grasp of everything there is to know about a story
• There’s never a convenient time for a vehicle accident or a structure fire
• There’s always more than one side to a story. More often than not, at least one of those sides is crazy

On a separate note, tonight’s the big Vice Presidential debate. Both campaigns are riding on the performance of Paul Ryan and Joe Biden (a truly sad situation for both candidates). I can’t wait to hear what non-story comes of it. If there’s any mention of Big Bird, I’m turning it off.