This week, we celebrate both National Newspaper Week and The Daily Sentinel’s 130 years of service to Scottsboro and Jackson County.
Newspapers across the nation are recognizing National Newspaper Week, and the theme “Real Newspapers…Real News” points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and an open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers.
While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.”
A lot of words have been published, posted and uttered recently about fake news. Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities.
In print editions, digital websites and social media, newspapers across the nation continue to be the leading source of reliable information in the communities they serve.
Your community newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, has a long and proud heritage which stretches back over 130 years. In 1887, W.T. Boyle established The Progressive Age in Scottsboro, which eventually combined with the Scottsboro Citizen and the Jackson County Sentinel.
In an archived document chronicling the history of The Daily Sentinel, former publisher Billy J. Cornwell, Jr., states that over the course of its history “The Daily Sentinel has expanded and maintained its intense local coverage of Scottsboro and Jackson County. It continues to strive to cover the news and issues of North Alabama’s largest county impartially, accurately and on an aggressive timely basis.”
In this country, newspapers have a long and important legacy of holding the powerful accountable, defending the First Amendment and advocating for government transparency.
Democracy is protected when the newspaper provides checks and balances as the Fourth Estate of government from city hall to the courthouse to the statehouse to the White House.
Newspapers like yours are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, counties, states and coverage areas we serve.
Straightforward news reporting and thought-provoking commentary give a voice to the voiceless and empower the powerless. Newspapers hold government accountable because at our very core we believe that government belongs to the governed and not to the governing.
“Because of their influence over history, journalists and newspaper employees have a tremendous responsibility to do accurate, thorough and impartial work,” said Cornwell. “These people are recording the history of our time. It is a noble and worthy task.”
It’s a task that we take seriously, and are honored to perform. Thank you, Scottsboro and Jackson County, for 130 years. Here’s to 130 more.
The Daily Sentinel is hosting an open house this evening, Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. to celebrate with our community. Please come visit us at 701 Veterans Drive and be a part of the celebration.