We’ve been keeping it real since 1953

DOVER — Welcome to “National Newspaper Week.”

It starts today, and the theme is “Real Newspapers … Real News.”

We have been keeping it real here at the Delaware State News since 1953.

That’s when we became the first capital daily in the First State. We have dedicated ourselves since to publishing a newspaper “of, by and for” the people — real, local people grappling with real, local issues.

According to the News Media Alliance, this year’s theme is meant to address the hue and cry about “fake news” and if consumers even know what’s what in this troubling and transformative era of media — especially that of the social variety.

Troubling in the sense that a lot of bad stuff gets through the gate.

And, transformative in that news organizations are reaching a wider audience than ever before on platforms and digital devices.

How many of your friends get all their news on Facebook?

How many only seek out stories that support their own views?

How many know the true source?

And, how many think about the values and bias of that source?

Californian Tom Newton, who chairs the National Newspaper Week committee, outlined the spirit of the week on the initiative’s website.

“A lot of words have been published, posted and uttered recently about fake news and real news and whether Americans have the tools necessary to differentiate between the two,” he wrote. “This year’s theme for National Newspaper Week — “Real Newspapers … Real News” — couldn’t be more fitting to frame the question: Do Americans have the tools necessary to decide for themselves what is real, what is factual and what is necessary for self-government to endure and the country to prosper?

“I submit that they do. The tools are American Newspapers, dailies and weeklies, printed and delivered to American doorsteps and accessed on laptops, tablets and smart phones. Real newspapers in all their formats are created by real journalists, and that’s the key.”

For those of you with the warmth of print in your hands right now, we greatly appreciate you and what your subscriptions and single-copy purchases do to keep our journalism alive and well. The same holds true for those of you who prefer sliding your fingers across a tablet or using a mouse to consume our e-edition.

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With today’s column is a comic that features playwright Arthur Miller’s famous quote, “A good newspaper is a nation talking to itself.”

Thinking about his line, your State Capital Daily believes it serves its readership best when Delaware is talking to itself.

That’s why we take great pride in offering an Opinion page that is open to a diverse set of viewpoints, and we purposely choose not to dominate the page with our own views.

It’s exciting when we have a robust discussion — as we did Tuesday when readers debated the NFL protests and today when readers discussed health care for state employees in “Sound Off Delaware.”

When we can cover in-depth topics such as prison staffing and safety, we do our best to make sure citizens have the information they need to thoughtfully consider what the issues — and possible solutions — are and welcome their thoughts.

In a newspaper like today’s, we offer compelling personal stories like that of Eric Porter, a young man who is recovering from a roadway accident, but wants to share his positive outlook with others.

In Sports, we celebrate a major event in Dover today — the Apache Warrior 400 at Dover International Speedway.

On our People front today, we’re debuting a new feature that will offer a selection of the month’s favorite community gatherings.

Every day, we have short items that encourage public participation.

On Page 6 of today’s edition, you’ll find our pledge to readers. There, you’ll see what drives us and what we believe makes the Delaware State News special as a “public trust.”

Our very “real” approach to life here in Delaware and our deep roots here all play a part in what we strive to do.

Indeed, as the second line of the pledge says, we are here “to help our community become a better place to live and work, through our dedication to conscientious journalism.”

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We also want to give a shout-out to the Delaware State News delivery folks who make the rounds in the wee hours of each morning.

Saturday, Oct. 7, is International Carrier Day.

Until recently, this editor was not aware that there was a Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame.

There are scores of famous business leaders, politicians, entertainers in the Hall.

Among them are Warren Buffet, Harry S. Truman, Martin Luther King Jr., John Wayne and Wayne Gretzky.

A fun regional name on the list is former Philadelphia 76ers star Julius Erving. Can you picture him dunking the Sunday paper into your newspaper box?

Reach editor Andrew West at awest@newszap.com

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