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 […]

COMMENTARY: We honor the fallen by doing our jobs

During the American Revolution, community newspapers in the embryonic country bound citizens together with provocative editorials and news of the day as citizens rose up to break free of the tyranny of a king. Many newspapers published the Declaration of Independence and helped to popularize the founding principles of our nascent country. The Tories saw […]

Are we in pursuit of truths, or reinforcement of beliefs?

DOVER — The title of the presentation immediately grabbed this editor’s interest: “Fake News, Fraud, and Honest Error: The Psychology of Belief.” Joan DelFattore, whose bio says she is professor emerita of English and legal studies at the University of Delaware and holds a doctorate in English and master’s in clinical psychology from Penn State […]

‘The Post’ celebrates First Amendment win

DOVER — Today’s column is not meant to be a film review, but rather an ode to the First Amendment and an old friend of the Delaware State News. Last weekend, this editor took in “The Post” — starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks — and found it to be quite a thrilling story about […]

Salisbury, Md., sports editor passed on newspaper passion

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines… *** We received some sad news from Salisbury, Maryland, on Friday. Rick Cullen, a sportswriter and sports editor for 32 years at the Daily Times, passed away. Mr. Cullen was a great influence on this editor, as well as Delaware State News reporter Craig Anderson. […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you enjoy today’s edition and its “stuffings.” It should help the serious Black Friday shoppers develop a game plan for their retail adventures. As discussed in Sunday’s “From the Editor,” this is our heaviest issue of the year. It approaches three pounds with all the “stuffings.” In order to meet the additional demands […]