Week marks importance of newspapers
October 05, 2013 11:00 AM

In honor of the 73rd annual National Newspaper Week, The Indiana Gazette will be giving its readers an insider look at what goes into the creation of the newspaper, what’s changed throughout the years and why local journalism is more important now than ever.

This year’s theme is “Your Community, Your Newspaper, Your Life.”

The week kicks off with “a day in the life” at the Gazette, in Sunday’s edition of the paper.

On Monday, emphasis will be on community support, and how the Gazette is a part of the social fabric of the region in more ways than you may think.

The Gazette does a lot to reach out to the next generation of readers. We have a strong Newspaper in Education program, and students from almost all high schools in the area participate every year in our School News program. The results of their labor are printed on Fridays throughout the school year. Staffers are also involved in a number of educational efforts in the community, including the high school journalism workshop held each fall at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Thousands read the print edition of the newspapers daily for their information needs, but did you know that thousands more view The Indiana Gazette online every day? On Wednesday, find out how the newspaper’s Web presence has evolved through the years.

Your hometown newspaper has received recognition through many different awards, for its effective advertising, photographs and editorial content. Explore those in Thursday’s edition.

On Friday, we’ll explain just why local newspapers are still vital in today’s world and why freedom of the press is so precious.

For a special page dedicated to our loyal readers on Oct. 12, the Gazette wants to hear from you — tell us how long you’ve been a subscriber, what you like best about the Gazette and when you were in the newspaper for the first time. Information can be sent to Ellen Matis at 899 Water St., Indiana, or by emailing ematis@indianagazette.net. Submissions are due Wednesday.

To celebrate National Newspaper Week, the Gazette will be giving out 73 free newspapers every day in select locations. Find out where each day on the front page of the paper.

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