We were proud to take part in a nationwide protest Thursday, April 17 known as the Front Page Blitz, in which weekly newspaper editors emailed PDFs of their front pages to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to essentially get a little respect. And it worked.
Later that day, Newseum officials decided to change their policy and include weeklies in the museum's Today's Front Pages exhibit, which is featured online and along its exterior on Pennsylvania Avenue. But, until now, the daily roundup has only included daily papers, leaving out a major segment of community journalism in the process. There are about 1,380 daily and 6,000 weekly newspapers in the U.S.
Weekly newspapers are a powerful force, and their stories deserve to be told, for their role of historic record and reflection of the community. Where daily newspapers cover a broader geographic and demographic area, weekly newspapers drill down with more local coverage of the community's assets and challenges. Newspapers' journalistic coverage should be recognized, whether they are published weekly or daily. And we are proud that our weekly, the Lake Placid News, is now a part of the Newseum's Today's Front Pages exhibit along with its sister newspaper, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.