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 […]

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 […]

‘Negative partisanship’ evident in pandemic debate

DOVER — Why so many defensive stances, so much defiance and so much distrust? It seems with every issue, there is division. Does anyone stop and take a deep breath, with or without a mask? The latest example relates to the national increase in coronavirus cases and Delaware’s brake tapping when many people want to […]

Absentee votes may create drama, but not in Delaware

DOVER — Two thoughts occurred when reading an Associated Press story about the election night cliffhanger we should anticipate in November. One is the citizens’ desire to know in a timely fashion. The other is our obligation to get news out on hectic election nights. The AP reported that a big shift to mail voting […]

Newshound’s comic con look draws best-in-show honor

DOVER – Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Our beloved mascot Newshound deserves a pat on the head for her comic book superhero persona. Lee Hoover and Heather Cregar earned a “Best in Show” recently in the category of newspaper self-promotion in the annual Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association contest. Artwork of Newshound, […]

Delaware graduations will be special, even with loss of tradition

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines… *** Tradition calls on us to celebrate our graduates with “Pomp and Circumstance” – both with the music and the grandeur of commencement. Dover High plans to include a recording of the band’s performance of the song during its virtual graduation ceremony. Seniors are placing […]