National Newspaper Week (and ’30 Seconds,’ of course)


Brian Golden

National Newspaper Week has come and gone (actually it ends tomorrow), and this year’s theme, Newspapers: The Cornerstone of Your Community, seems remarkably appropriate when one considers The Evening Sun and its place here in Chenango County. All this week, in fact, Chenango’s Hometown Daily has featured a number of editorials regarding the role newspapers play in our everyday life. As such, here are some of my favorite comments as they appeared in our local paper:

“In an era where anyone can say anything and call it news, it is newspaper content that consistently gets it right and keeps it in context. And a critical part of the industry evolution is the recognition that if you want to separate the serious from the sludge, it might cost you a little money.
Newspapers have proven they can function in print, on websites, in digital partnerships and as part of the social media scene. But they also can do what no one else can do. We are at the heart of our communities. We generate the information and track the local developments that are vital for an informed, engaged citizenry. We offer clarity and perspective, and we provide content that our readers can trust.” – Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America

“Unlike websites and bloggers, newspapers are fixtures in their communities. Most of them were around long before personal computers and smart-phone apps, chronicling life, dissecting trends and exposing things that needed some air. And unlike less-established media, their newsrooms operate with standards and ethics intended to assure the credibility of the information they deliver. They don’t just make the record; they protect it, too. It’s a responsibility, a trust, a duty.” – Ron Dzwonkowski, associate editor for the Detroit Free Press

“We can get our national news on cable television, catch the weather on local broadcast stations, listen to talk radio on the AM or FM dial and follow our favorite blogs on the Internet, but where do we turn for local information that directly impacts our daily lives? More often than not it is community newspapers.” – United States Representative Mike Rogers

With that said, it just wouldn’t be a Brian Golden blog without … “Most Ridiculous ‘30 Seconds’ Post of the Week,” brought to you by the one, the only, the Man from South New Berlin.
“Where would the left hide if they didn’t have a Bush to hide behind? A Mosque somewhere? Probably.”

Well, Man from South New Berlin, I find your comment to be crude, unimaginative and – as is so often the case on “30 Seconds” – extremely ignorant. By “left,” I’m guessing you’re referencing liberal-minded folks like myself, and “Bush,” I suppose, is a nod toward George W. Bush, who – believe it or not – should shoulder a hefty amount of blame for the way he ran our country … for eight years. As for the mosque reference … well, that’s about as disrespectful (and un-American) as one can get. Ever hear of freedom of religion? I would imagine you’re one of those who remains convinced our current president is a Muslim, which – even if he were (he’s not) – shouldn’t make any difference whatsoever. Some people have no class.