Digital subscriptions will help preserve our journalism

DOVER — Starting Nov. 4, visitors to will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe. Last week, we posted a message on our website to alert readers to this important change. For our current subscribers, there is no additional cost. Anyone with a seven-day or Sunday print subscription already […]

Delaware State News seeks your help with survey

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 […]

Piece of State News history brings Christmas joy

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** It was Christmas Eve 2017 that this editor wrote a piece on a former Delaware State News editor with a legendary Christmas spirit. James C. Wickes, the editor of the then-weekly in the early half of the 20th century, wowed local readers and […]

Delaware State News, sister papers collect MDDC Press honors

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Delaware State News won two best-in-show awards and collected several other honors Friday at the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association’s annual awards luncheon Friday in Annapolis, Maryland. The Delaware State News advertising and graphics team won the two best-in-show awards in advertising categories. Sue Short and Heather Cregar were honored for a small […]

Letter to the Editor: Standing with journalists

The Delaware Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America commends the decision by Time Magazine to name “The Guardians” who fight against the War on Truth as the “Person of the Year.” Whether covering events at a city hall, a state house, or a nation’s capital, journalists who strive to report facts and bring […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Newspaper helps preserve First Amendment

The announcement that we are celebrating National Newspaper Week caused me to pause and ponder what it meant to me. Early each weekday morning on the way to catch the DART 301 bus to Wilmington, I stop at the end of my lane to retrieve my daily subscription to the Delaware State News. What a […]

Journalism matters

DOVER — Wright Robinson has been in my thoughts the last few days. He was owner, publisher and editor of The Leader, Seaford’s weekly newspaper. His newspaper career spanned nearly eight decades. The man had ink in his blood. For a short while, I was editor of The Leader & State Register and enjoyed our […]

‘Continued Tomorrow’: Since 1953, Delaware State News keeps promise

DOVER — Continued Tomorrow. In haste, those two words were placed on the front page of the first daily edition of the Delaware State News on Sept. 14, 1953. Printer Ted Fairess, under deadline pressure to finish up the front page, found that he had run out of space for the end of a story […]

Newsprint tariff puts pressure on newspapers

UPDATE, Wednesday, August 29 — The International Trade Commission reached a final, unanimous decision that the U.S. paper industry is not harmed by imports of Canadian uncoated groundwood paper, including newsprint. The decision means that the tariffs levied over the past few months will stop, and the cash deposits from those tariffs will be refunded to […]

What is the current state of the First Amendment?

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** Name one right the First Amendment guarantees … Hopefully, you did better than many of the respondents in the recent Freedom Forum Institutes’s “State of the First Amendment” survey. Would you believe 40 percent of more than 1,000 people surveyed couldn’t come up […]