This week, among being National Fire Prevention Week, is also National Newspaper Week.
I began my love for newspapers before I could even read. How so? Each Sunday when I was little I couldn’t wait for my mom to read the comic section to me. For those who don’t know this, my mom HATED to read aloud to anyone and particularly the comics. In fact, I didn’t know this bit of information until later in life because she would always read to us and never complained. Growing up in South Texas, we had two San Antonio papers, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. All that translated to me was ways to have more comic strips. As I got older, I came to love reading this paper as well. There were no flashy comics, but our friends could be found throughout the pages.
My athletic friends were featured in the weekly ads, smart friends’ names were listed in the honor rolls and later more friends could be found in engagement and wedding announcements.
Though the long wedding writeups are now passe, I would marvel how Sammie Franklin, the Pleasanton Express Associate Editor, could describe a wedding from the first pearl on the dress to the frosting on the cake.
Wherever I visit, I always buy a newspaper. How better can you find out about an area you are staying than the local paper?
All of us in this industry who get to produce a community newspaper, should consider it a privilege.
We print more about students, athletes, kids, engagements, births and yes, even deaths in a weekly paper than you’ll ever see in urban newspapers.
The way I see it, we are your community. We are your newspaper.
That’s the way I see it, let me know your view – email me at email@example.com, or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.
SUE BROWN is the Editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at 830-281-2341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.