‘Stuffed’ Thanksgiving edition will include sales flyers, puzzle booklet

Happy Thanksgiving! We have many reasons to be thankful and the list starts with readers like you. Your support and readership motivate and inspire us to continue delivering on our promise of community journalism throughout the year. We know 2020 has not been an easy year for any of us. And, certainly, we recognize our […]

Thanksgiving edition carries on tradition

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** This time of year, the work inside our printing plant picks up.The hustle and bustle that goes with the Thanksgiving and Black Friday editions are a bit like what one might imagine in Santa’s workshop in November.For the past several days, the staff […]

Pandemic, economy rile half million Delaware voters

DOVER — It was no surprise that Blue Hen Joe Biden won Delaware with 58.8% of the state’s vote. But what was extraordinary was the number of votes he received — 295,420. The total is about 40,000 more than 2008 when he was the running mate of Barack Obama and about 60,000 more than Hillary […]

Pandemic changes vibe for voters in Delaware

DOVER — Politics, during this age of pandemic and polarization, have been very different from what we have come to expect in this state.It seems strange that Delawareans have had so little public contact with the candidates this year.Consider, for example, how many politicians you may have encountered at the Apple Scrapple Festival in Bridgeville […]

America needs journalists! A timely battle cry

DOVER – March 22 will be viewed as a significant day in Delaware State News history.That evening, Delaware Gov. John Carney issued a stay-at-home order and released a list of essential businesses that could remain open.Lives were suddenly disrupted. Delawareans needed information and answers.We watched as readers – old and new – flocked to DelawareStateNews.net.The […]

Editors will view 2020 vote as ‘election week’

DOVER — Notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** As we approach Nov. 3, it is growing more and more evident that we will not be able to put together a front page with a bold headline naming the winner of the presidential election on Election Day. The Associated Press and other experienced […]

At 70, Beetle Bailey is still marching, napping

DOVER — Our old friend, Beetle Bailey, has been aggravating Sarge and napping on newspaper comics pages for a long, long time.“Here’s to 70 years,” says Sarge to Beetle in today’s strip.The Walker brothers — Greg, Brian and Neal — have been paying tribute to Beetle and the cast from Camp Swampy in recent days.Their […]

News consumers should be aware of ‘pink slime’

DOVER — Does this headline grab your attention?“As election looms, a network of mysterious ‘pink slime’ local news outlets nearly triples in size.”A story in the Columbia Journalism Review earlier this month pulled the curtain back on “shadowy, politically backed ‘local news websites’ designed to promote partisan talking points and collect user data.”Over the past […]

Americans troubled by political news bias

DOVER — A recent national survey said 84% of Americans believe that the news media is critical or very important to democracy. That is the reassuring part of “American Views 2020: Trust, Media and Democracy” — a survey taken by the Gallup/Knight Foundation. But, huge worries: 73% perceive too much bias in stories that should […]

Take a moment to answer our Question of the Day

By Andrew WestDelaware State News DOVER — Our newspaper’s pledge appears every day on our Opinion page.The fifth bulleted line reads, “To use our opinion pages to facilitate community debate, not to dominate it with our own opinions.”It’s right at the heart of our mission as a company with a commitment to the ideals of […]