Delaware State News survey closed

Editor’s note: The survey closed on Oct. 15 Thank you for your participation.

DOVER — The Delaware State News marked its 66th anniversary as the first daily newspaper in the capital of the First State on Saturday.

As you’ll read later in this column, we started with a pledge that we would make this your community newspaper.

As such, we have enjoyed a close, personal relationship with our readers and have appreciated feedback so freely shared with us over the years.

That’s why we’re excited to launch a new survey today to learn more about what you like and want in your newspaper.

We strive to bring you the most informative and timely news and realize there is always room for improvement. Your feedback will help us improve our content — in print and online.

The questions center on the types of news you seek, your buying decisions based on our advertisers, and attendance of our events.

We recognize that your time is valuable, and your comments are important to us. The survey includes 20 questions.

Once you’re done, you can enter a drawing for a $50 gift card.

Thank you for your valuable time and thoughtful opinions. The deadline for our survey is Oct. 15.

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The Delaware State News survey mentioned above is part of a greater effort with the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

Several newspapers in the region — including our sister publications in Maryland, the Salisbury Independent, Dorchester Banner and Crisfield-Somerset County Times — will run the survey at the same time.

It should provide a valuable look at community journalism throughout the region once responses are collected.

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It was Sept. 14, 1953, when the Delaware State News published its first edition as a daily newspaper.

As many of you have read here before, the editor and owner Jack Smyth penned a column, headlined “Our Purpose,” in that first edition.

A year later, he renewed the pledge. And, it’s always worth sharing again because it speaks to our company’s mission and values.

“Publishing a newspaper is a great responsibility,” wrote Mr. Smyth in 1953. “And we are humbly aware that ours is a public trust — not to be violated under any circumstance or consideration.

“This will be an honest newspaper — in every sense of the word. We intend to merit the good faith of our readers by reporting the news truthfully, thoroughly and accurately. There will always be a clear distinction between the impartial news reports and opinion.

“This will be a local newspaper. … Our primary concern will be the news events in the area where we will circulate.

“To become a proper medium of information for the people in Delaware counties of Kent and Sussex and the nearby Maryland counties — we will need your help. As readers, you will, to a great extent, be able to make this your community newspaper.”

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This editor enjoys telling the story of the Delaware State News to community groups and talking about our commitment to local journalism.

Email awest@newszap.com if you’re interested in a talk on your local newspaper.

Reach Executive Editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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