Journal is the people’s paper [UPDATED]Published 4:13am Monday, July 29, 2013 Updated 6:22am Monday, July 29, 2013
The importance of a local paper to its community is something that John Wylie, publisher of the Oologah, Oklahoma Lake Leader argued for in a 2007 speech to a rural journalism conference:
“To our readers, we are not the newspaper, we are THEIR newspaper.”
Wylie went on to say that if a press run is late, people are calling, irate that their newspaper hasn’t been delivered.
Wylie also said: “We all know the traditional reasons — the little stories that never would be considered ‘news’ anyplace else. Our readers really care about those things.”
We have found that the people of Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County care about those stories and The Daily Journal, too.
The Daily Journal was 140 years old Wednesday and has, for all those years, informed and entertained hundreds of thousands of readers. And they in turn have supported us over the years.
As the “new crew,” we still work diligently — and happily — to do that. As the community newspaper, we don’t doubt the importance of print to our readers and will continue to cover issues and stories that readers want.
The Daily Journal, one of the longest-operating business in Fergus Falls, was established first as a weekly paper in 1873, became semi-weekly in 1881, and started publishing daily on March 1, 1883.
According to the Stanford Education Group, in the United States, some 7,500 community newspapers — papers with under 30,000 in circulation — still hit the streets, front porches, and mailboxes at least once a week.
While some in the industry wonder if newspapers will survive another 100 years — let alone 140 — we are firm in our belief that, like a good book, people will still be reading newspapers far into the future.
The reasons are varied — people are nostalgic, they love to hold the paper in their hands; newspapers are easy to come by, in many cases they are still home-delivered (not many businesses can make that claim anymore), and we still cover Fergus Falls and the surrounding area better than any one else.
Let’s face it — no one will cover Fergus Falls and Otter Tail County with as much care, enthusiasm and interest as The Daily Journal.
Thank you to those who took time to wish us well on our Facebook site (another piece of technology that has served us well).
• Happy Birthday, FFDJournal. You have been doing a good job in publishing the news!
• WOW! That’s fantastic! Keep up the great work!
The Journal has come a long way in 140 years and we are looking forward to another century of bringing the news of your community to you. We sincerely thank you for your support over the years.